California, which accounts for 1% of the world’s oil consumption, will give up cars that run on gasoline and diesel fuel by 2035. Great Britain also has similar plans.
“We are facing a climate crisis. We need courageous action. California is gradually abandoning its internal combustion engines. By 2035, every car sold in the state will not make harmful emissions”, – wrote the Governor of California Gavin Newsom on Twitter.
Thus, California was the first state to establish a deadline for “oil” cars, reports Bloomberg. According to the agency, the state authorities gave the automakers 15 years to make the transition from gasoline cars to vehicles with zero emissions. The sale of used cars with gasoline engines will be allowed.
Bloomberg’s leading energy correspondent Javier Blas noted that California is the second-largest U.S. state in terms of gasoline consumption after Texas. “Last year California consumed 0.92 million barrels of gasoline alone, which is about 1% of the world’s oil consumption,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Neither regulations nor prohibitions contribute to the creation of successful markets,” said the Automotive Innovation Alliance, which includes Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler. They noted that electric cars make up less than 10 percent of new car sales in California: “While this is the best rate in the country, much more needs to be done to increase consumer demand for zero-emissions cars.
Earlier The Guardian reported that the British government is considering postponing the phase-out of diesel and hydrocarbon car engines from 2040 to 2030.