California to end internal combustion engines from 2035

On Thursday, when the California Air Resources Board convenes for its monthly meeting, it is expected to approve a ban on new vehicles with internal combustion engines, which will take effect in 2035. The state has been a leader in accelerating the transition to transportation cleaning, and this latest initiative continues that trend.

In fact, the proposed ban on new gasoline or diesel engines has been in the works for some time; just under two years ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring that from 2035 all new passenger cars and light trucks be zero emissions.

Around the world, cities and countries are beginning to plan for the end of the internal combustion engine. Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City have announced plans to ban the sale of new fossil-fuel vehicles over the next three years, a goal that may be somewhat ambitious post-pandemic.

National bans on new ICE vehicles have been mooted for the UK and Germany by 2030 and France by 2040.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has announced the ambition that 50% of all new vehicles sold in the US by 2035 will be zero emissions, although the chances of this happening – already slim – will likely be significantly hampered. by the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Biden signed into law last week.

Despite — or perhaps because of — decades of lackluster federal action on transportation emissions reductions, as the nation’s largest market for new vehicles, California has been able to force automakers automobiles to improve efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of its products if they are to have access to its residents.

Perhaps surprisingly, automakers seem to be supportive of the new mandate, though perhaps that’s to be expected given how much their companies will restructure to electrify over the next decade.

“At Ford, addressing climate change is a strategic priority, and we are proud of our partnership with California for tougher vehicle emissions standards, forged at a time when climate action was under attack. Commit to building a zero-emissions transportation future that includes everyone, supported by our own investments of more than $50 billion by 2026 in electric vehicles and batteries The CARB Advanced Clean Cars Rule II is a standard history that will define clean transportation and set an example in the United States,” said Ford’s chief sustainability officer, Bob Holycross.

Even Toyota, which donated significant funds to Republican politicians to water down fuel efficiency standards, was generally positive about the ban.

“Toyota continues to share the vision of GHG reduction and carbon neutrality goals with CARB and the State. In our recent communication, we recognized CARB’s leadership in climate policy and its authority to set standards for emissions under the Clean Air Act. We are also excited about our efforts to expand zero emissions activities beyond our core vehicle business with our Clean Ports, Clean Corridors and Clean Communities initiative, and we look forward to exploring state engagement in these efforts,” he said in a statement.

However, any putative California ban may have to reckon with a future Republican government. The previous administration fought tooth and nail to allow automakers to pollute, seeking to override California’s legal authority to regulate its own air quality. Fortunately, many of these restrictions have been rolled back this year.

Kevin A. Perras