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California curbs new gas-powered vehicles – Energy and Pipes

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted on August 25, 2022 to approve the Advanced Clean Cars II rule that prohibits the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. The rule sets out a plan that automakers must deliver an increasing amount of zero-emission light-duty vehicles each year, essentially eliminating the manufacture of gas-powered cars. The requirements start in 2026, when 35% of cars manufactured for sale must be zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The amount required increases to 68% of cars manufactured for sale by 2030, and then to 100% by 2035.

The rule applies to car manufacturers and only covers sales of new vehicles, meaning cars already on the road are not affected by the regulations. The rule allows plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to count toward an automaker’s quota requirement. However, plug-in hybrid vehicles must have an all-electric range of 80 km and can only represent 20% of the automaker’s global zero-emissions quota. Additionally, battery electric vehicles must have a range of 150 miles to qualify.

California is the first state to adopt a regulation that puts a definitive end to the sale of thermal vehicles. This landmark regulation will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles by 50% over the course of the plan, resulting in cleaner air and less pollution that causes global warming. California’s rule also opens the door for other states to adopt the same or similar regulations. Representatives from New York, Washington, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have already expressed their intention to adopt similar state regulations, while representatives from New Jersey and Maryland have said they are reviewing California’s new rule. .

While the auto industry has already begun the transition to electric vehicles, California’s new rule will accelerate it even further.

Currently, only 5.6% of new car sales are electric vehicles. To meet the target quotas of the new rule, the automotive market as a whole will have to make the transition, supported by a comprehensive charging infrastructure as well as a reliable electricity network.