California Moves to Ban Sales of Fossil-Fueled Vehicles By 2040
The state of California is moving to ban all fossil fueled vehicles starting in 2040. It’s a bold move by an already progressive state on its way to the goal of reducing emissions 40 percent from 1990 to 2030. California is the only state that requests a waiver from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every year which lets them set more stringent standards for vehicle emissions than what the agency requires. The ban would include hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius which run on gasoline and battery power.
The bill was introduced in the California State Assembly on January 3, 2018 by Representative Phil Ting (D). In a press release, Ting affirmed California’s vision of an emission-free state. He went on to explain the main driving forces of the legislation. “We’re at an inflection point: We’ve got to address the harmful emissions that cause climate change. Achieving the goal of electrification of transportation is crucial for the health of our people and the planet,” Ting said.
If the bill passes, California will mirror countries like France and the United Kingdom who already announced the same emission vehicle ban by 2040. Norway is way out ahead of the rest of the world, planning their ban by 2025. Electric vehicles (EV) made up 37 percent of Norway’s car market in 2017 and sales of new EV vehicles continue to rise dramatically. California currently has 300,000 EVs on the road with the goal of 1.5 million by 2030.