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.