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Proposed California Bill Could Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles by 2040

Proposed California Bill Could Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles by 2040

California is considering joining the ranks of several European countries and China in ultimately banning internal combustion vehicles. The proposed bill would ban such vehicles from the state by 2040.

While the idea has been tossed around by several California lawmakers, this particular bill has been proposed by Assemblymember Phil Ting, who represents the San Fransisco area. Ting says he plans to introduce the bill next month when the body returns to work in Sacramento.

In a phone interview with Automotive News Ting said he feels without setting a deadline on the situation, “nothing will get done.”

In recent months rumors have trickled out of California wanting to emulate the likes of France and the UK in banning fossil fuel-powered vehicles. Recently the California Air Resources Board (CARB) discussed the matter after Governor Jerry Brown implied he was interested in such a ban.

Eliminating carbon emissions from vehicles entirely would greatly advance the state’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Such a ban in the largest vehicle market in the U.S. would also have massive ramifications for the entire U.S. auto market.





 

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  1. Tone
    "In 1969 California State Senator Nicholas Petris, a Democrat from Oakland, proposed a bill that would have banned the sale of any vehicle with a gasoline or diesel-powered internal combustion engine by 1975. Needless to say, that bill went nowhere quickly."

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    I recall other variations popping up at different times. Of course, there really wasn't a viable technical alternative in 1969; that's not entirely true now if we look at a 2040 timeframe.
    WishIhadatruck
    I think it is definitely possible by 2040, if you're talking about the average car. SUV's and pickups too. Do they also mean commercial vehicles? That will get tougher and tougher, but 2040 is a long way off considering how fast electric cars and batteries are advancing now.
    Andrew_L





    Quote Originally Posted by Tone
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    If memory serves, this is something California contemplates every decade or so. Until technology makes it possible, it ain’t happening. And when technology makes it possible, a law probably won’t be required. 2040 timeframe: could go either way.




    I was going to say I thought originally they were talking about 2050 did they up the time table or am I going crazy?
    Tone
    If memory serves, this is something California contemplates every decade or so. Until technology makes it possible, it ain’t happening. And when technology makes it possible, a law probably won’t be required. 2040 timeframe: could go either way.
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