Almost three months after the European Union, California, one of the largest US car markets, bans the sale of new thermoelectric cars in 2035. New cars sold in California must be “zero-emission” pollutants, from 2035 at the latest, according to a text adopted on Thursday, August 25 in this state at the forefront of the effort for an energy transition in the United States. “Rapidly accelerating the number of zero-emission vehicles on our roads and highways will dramatically reduce emissions and pollution for all Californians,” Liane Randolph, president of the California Office of Quality, said in a statement. ‘air (CARB), which approved the measure. The text, which would effectively ban the sale of new diesel or gasoline vehicles starting in 2035, formalizes the goals set out in September 2020 by the state’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom.
By 2026, one-third of auto sales in California must be “zero-emission” vehicles, in other words, vehicles that run on electricity, hydrogen and certain hybrids, and two-thirds of sales by 2030. “The timeline is ambitious, but achievable: When a child born this year is of college age, only zero-emission vehicles and a limited number of plug-in hybrid vehicles will be available for sale to children. new cars in California,” CARB noted. The agency also estimates that by 2037, the new standard will result in a 25% reduction in haze from light vehicles. “This will benefit all Californians, but especially the most economically and environmentally burdened communities along highways and other busy thoroughfares,” CARB added.
A rule that will apply to the largest market in the United States
CARB also claims that from 2026 to 2040, the new rules will prevent 1,290 deaths from heart-lung disease in particular. The state’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, welcomed the passage of this measure. The reduction in the number of polluting vehicles on the road is equivalent to “emissions caused by 915 million barrels of oil”. With more than 40 million consumers, California is the largest market in the United States, and its standards affect production across the country. General Motors had already announced in January 2021 its intention to no longer build cars with polluting emissions by 2035, although the group has not openly committed to offering only electric vehicles in 13 years.
The move in California comes as President Joe Biden last week signed a comprehensive climate and health investment plan, which includes a $370 billion package to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
Europe and other countries have adopted a similar rule
In recent years, many countries have tried to limit pollution from the car sector. The United Kingdom, Singapore and Israel have committed to end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, and Norway has made this commitment for 2025. On the EU side, the European Parliament approved in early June 2022, despite fierce opposition from the right, Brussels’ proposal to reduce emissions from new cars to zero from 2035, de facto only allowing the sale of electric vehicles from that date, with one exception.
These luxury cars will still be able to run on petrol after 2035 despite the ban
Amendment 121, adopted by MEPs, gives an extra year’s exemption to very high-end cars (luxury or sports) sold in less than 1,000 units per year. Such low production concerns only prestigious manufacturers such as Ferrari, Rolls-Royce or even Lamborghini, who will therefore be able to continue selling new models until 2036. Cars represent 12% of CO2 emissions in the EU.
The European Parliament approves the end of thermal vehicles for 2035
According to scientists, human activity, especially the use of fossil fuels, has led to global warming, which in turn has contributed to making extreme weather events more frequent and violent. One of the solutions to combat this global warming therefore consists in limiting polluting emissions from fossil fuels, say the experts.
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