Like the European Union, California should also ban the sale of thermal cars from 2035. The decision will be made in the coming hours.
A few weeks ago, the European Union officially voted in favor of prohibiting manufacturers from selling thermal cars from 2035. A measure which obviously did not fail to create controversy. And yet, this measure will not be applied only on the Old Continent, since it even inspires the United States.
Towards a ban in 2035
As a matter of fact, the idea of banning the sale of internal combustion cars had already been raised two years earlier by the governor of California, Gavin Newsom. But if it had been somewhat set aside, now it resurfaces. And this time, the decision could be made shortly since a vote should take place a little later in the day. The text of the law which must therefore be adopted shortly emphasizes that ” all new cars sold in California must be “zero emission” pollutants, starting in 2035 at the latest« .
This measure will thus be debated by the California Office in charge of air quality (California Air Resources Board, CARB) during the day, as confirmed by one of its members, Daniel Sperling at CNN. According to him, this law has a 99.9% chance of being approved and should encourage other states to follow suit. California is indeed one of the most avant-garde in terms of energy transition, in a very unequal country on the subject. Furthermore, the west coast state represents the largest market in the United States. This decision should therefore have a strong impact on car manufacturers, most of which have already decided to switch to all-electric over the next ten years.
A progressive measure
But before completely banning thermal cars from its dealerships, California plans to make the transition in stages. In effect, the next target is set for 2026, by which time 35% of new vehicle sales must be made up of electric models. This figure will then increase each year, reaching 51% in 2028, 68% in 2030 and 100% five years later. These quotas would also allow 20% of electric cars sold to actually be rechargeable hybrids, unlike Europe, which would like to do without them in the long term because of their use.
However, this new regulation will not concern used cars already in circulation, which will therefore have the right to continue driving.. If California is ahead of France in electric car market share, with around 16% to 12.1%, then it wants to pick up the pace by any means possible. In Los Angeles, for example, the city council now wants to ban the construction of new service stations. The goal ? Encourage motorists to go electric again.
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