Banning Gas-Fuelled Cars: Can California Achieve Net-Zero Emissions?3 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
In an effort to fulfill its promise of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, California is set to ban all gas-fuelled cars by 2035. Read to find out about the state’s relentless fight against climate change.
In light of the looming threat of climate change, world leaders strive to reduce carbon emissions. The United States, under the Biden government, has started making policy changes to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The transportation industry accounts for 27% of the total greenhouse gas emissions by the U.S., which means changes in the transport systems (and related sectors like parking) can contribute to fulfilling the net-zero promise.
California to Ban Gas-Fuelled Cars
Within the U.S., California is leading by example in tackling climate change. Given the significant impact that transportation has on greenhouse gas emissions, California has decided to achieve 100% new zero-emissions car sales by 2035. While this is a tall order to deliver within such a short time span, plans and efforts are well underway. The breakdown is as follows:
- 2026: 35% zero-emission vehicle sales
- 2030: 65% zero-emission vehicle sales
- 2035: 100% zero-emission vehicle sales
How does the state plan to achieve these goals?
California has banned the sale of all gas-powered vehicles by 2035, which leaves motorists no choice but to shift to Electric Vehicles (EVs). As of now, there are more than 1.13 billion registered plug-in vehicles across the state, but are these changes sufficient for California to achieve its promise of zero emissions?
The Impact of Zero-Emission Vehicle Sales
Banning internal combustion engine vehicles will significantly contribute to fewer carbon emissions.
Gas-powered vehicles produce more than 11k pounds of emissions per vehicle compared to zero tailpipe emissions by all-electric vehicles. The only emissions produced are by the power plant itself. However, there are mixed reviews about this.
Experts believe that while this mandate is ambitious and practical, it lacks the kind of stringent regulation needed to make this work. This holds especially true for California, home to regions with the worst air quality.
To add to that, there is contention about the sustainability of the supply chain – for example, is there enough supply of lithium to produce batteries for such a large number of electric cars?
While we have hopes for California’s ban on gas-fuelled cars, we are yet to see if the state can follow through with this.Also Read: How Excessive Parking in California Impacts the Climate
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