Tuesday, 29 June 2021 17:13

14 States Consider Targets to End New ICE Car Sales

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Some countries and states are considering essentially banning sales of new conventional---internal combustion engine (ICE)---cars at some point in the future, as a final step to go all-electric.

We will not dispute this idea here, but rather take a look at the proposed targets in some U.S. states. An interesting set of data was recently shared by the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.


As it turns out, a total of 14 states have expressed a target date for when they would like to require new cars to be zero-emission (battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell).


The list starts with Washington, where the target is 2030 (legislation has bene passed, but not signed into law), which sounds very optimistic from the perspective of how fast BEVs would have to expand on the market.


The remaining 13 states target 2035---California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The additional five years makes the target more realistic, but probably still ambitious.


The governor of California signed an executive order in September 2020 requiring zero emissions for all new light-duty passenger vehicles by 2035. It's expected other states that follow California's regulations will follow.


"The California Air Resources Board will put regulations in place accordingly," the U.S. DOE said. "Thirteen other states may also be on a path to end sales of new light-duty passenger vehicles powered by internal combustion engines by 2035, but none have regulations in place at this time.


"Five of those states have announced goals or taken actions, and eight additional states, which currently follow California’s emission regulations under Section 177 of the Clean Air Act regarding criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases, have not yet made any formal announcements. If those eight states continue to follow California’s regulations, they can be expected to adopt the same 2035 target."


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