Get a load of this. America is finally coming down hard on combustion engine vehicles.
Governors of 12 US states are campaigning for President Biden to take a leaf out of California and Washington’s play book, and ban combustion engined cars by 2035.
The states campaigning for the move are: California, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington State, and Rhode Island.
As Reuters points out, even though Biden has committed $174 billion to incentivize the uptake of electric vehicles in the US, and build supporting infrastructure, his plans do all but ban fossil fuel-powered passenger cars.
In a letter to the President, seen by Reuters, governors are asking “to ensure that all new passenger cars and light-duty trucks sold are zero-emission no later than 2035 with significant milestones along the way to monitor progress.”
Earlier this month, Washington state took measures to effectively ban the sale of combustion engine cars from 2030.
If all goes to plan, Washington will be the first US state to ban dinojuice drinking vehicles. Previously, California had that crown, and currently plans to ban combustion vehicles from 2035.
It seems America is finally coming around to the idea of electric vehicles, and it could join a host of European nations in banning ICE vehicles.
Sales of EVs for the first three months of the 2021 rocketed by 81% over the same period last year in the US. With supporting legislation, that trend will only continue.
Do EVs excite your electrons? Do ebikes get your wheels spinning? Do self-driving cars get you all charged up?
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