By 2035, every new vehicle sold in the US state must be an electric or hydrogen vehicle. Looking back to 2019, the US sold out more than 320,000 EVs in the US. Nearly 1.8 million electric vehicles were registered in the US as of 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), more than three times as many as registered in 2016. It is the CO2 emission that triggers the hike in the sale of electric or hydrogen vehicles in the country.
What does the recent ban on gas-powered vehicles in California mean?
Following California’s statewide Advanced Clean Cars II strategy, the country must make all new zero-emission and hybrid plug-in car sales. The strategy, with a primary objective of 35% sales by 2026, would accomplish objectives from a 2020 executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom (D). By 2035, the country will ban gas-powered cars, Newsom instructed state officials two years prior. The state of California’s program does not outlaw the use of gas-powered vehicles; instead, after 2035, owners are allowed to keep their current vehicles or purchase used ones, with plug-in hybrids accounting for 20% of all sales.
California started building charging station networks to support this broad use of EVs.
- The public can use more than 42,000 charging stations in the US as a result of this network.
- In the US, President Joe Biden’s administration announced a proposal to set aside roughly USD 5 billion over the next five years to build thousands of EV charging stations.
- California has become the first government in the world to effectively outlaw gasoline-powered automobiles by 2035 to tackle the worsening climate problem and ensure a secure future.
- By 2035, all new vehicles, pickup trucks, and SUVs in California must be electric or hydrogen-powered.
- Using electricity instead of gas will significantly reduce emissions and air pollutants. With roughly 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation, it is the single most significant source of emissions in the state. The air board is now developing different restrictions for motorbikes and heavier trucks.
- By 2040, California’s car emissions would be cut in half if the program is implemented as intended.
Influence On Automakers
While many automakers, including Kia, Ford, and General Motors, are already moving toward expanding the number of electric vehicles for sale, others have cautioned that the goals of Californians are challenging to achieve due to circumstances outside their control, such as supply chain and material concerns. Automakers might be penalized up to $20,000 for each vehicle sold that doesn’t meet the criteria when the standards increase over time. According to the new regulations that the air board has authorized, the cars must be able to drive 150 miles (241 kilometers) on a single charge. People who purchase electric vehicles can also take advantage of federal and state tax credits. The new regulations encourage automakers to offer electric vehicles at a discount to low-income customers.