More than dozen U.S. 14 states aim to end new ICE car sales by 2035

More than dozen U.S. 14 states aim to end new ICE car sales by 2035

As a final step to reduce their carbon footprint by going all-electric, more than a dozen states in the U.S. have revealed plans to put an end to new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2035. The US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy recently released data, showing that a total of 14 states have set a target date for when they will require new vehicles to be all-electric (battery-powered or hydrogen fuel cell-powered).

The list of states that have set ambitious targets to trim down their carbon footprints includes California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont. All these states want all vehicles running on their roads to be fully electric by the year of 2035. The additional period of five years makes the target much more realistic, but still ambitious.

It is worth-mentioning here California governor Gavin Christopher Newsom signed an Executive Order in September last year requiring all new light-duty passenger vehicles to be all-electric by 2035. The Golden State’s decision is expected to be followed by many other states that follow its regulations related to EVs.

In a recently released statement, authorities said, “Five of those states have announced goals or taken actions, and eight additional states, which currently follow California’s emission regulations … 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."

Beyond government policies, automobile manufacturers’ electrification targets are set to solidify the long-term certainty of EVs. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, EV sales in passenger four-wheeler segment will likely grow more than five times between 2020 and 2025, increasing to 12.4 million EVs on public roads.

In the coming years, global EV sales will undoubtedly grow as automakers will try to meet tightened vehicle carbon emission standards in the U.S., E.U., and other territories of the world. The trend is expected to be very beneficial for electric car pioneer Tesla Inc. as well as manufacturers like Hyundai and Volkswagen that are accelerating their shifts from internal combustion engines to environment-friendly EVs.

Putting an end to sales of new gas-powered vehicles is critical to meet the Paris Climate Accord as well as U.S. President Biden’s goal of trimming down carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

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