US Golden State proposes ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2040

The US state of California could ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 under a proposed Clean Cars Act, which would stop car registrations being accepted for vehicles not classed as having zero emissions.

Democratic Assembly member Phil Ting introduced the bill in the state legislature on January 3 in what he said was a bid to address climate change.

The law would exempt vehicles weighing more than 10,001 pounds (4.5 tonnes).

Amandine Muskus, manager, environment and energy with the Association of Global Automakers, an auto representative group that represents companies including Honda, Aston Martin, Toyota and Ferrari, told BESB the bill is typical of the state’s efforts to play a leadership role in anything to do with ‘green’ legislation.

“It’s also to do with flying in the face of the current federal administration, which isn’t seen as doing anything,” she said.

Global Automakers has opposed bill number 1745, saying that automakers were already committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and had made large investments in green technologies.

“More than 35 models of battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles are available to consumers today, and more are introduced each year,” a statement from the group said. “While we are still evaluating this proposal, California has laid out another ambitious goal that will unfortunately be unachievable unless the state substantially increases and maintains public investment in incentives and infrastructure.”

Lisa Dry, director of strategic communications at Battery Council International, said: “We’ve seen the difficulty Europe has had in mandating a substitution for which the marketplace is unprepared.

“If the goal of the measure is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, the lead battery industry is committed to R&D to endure lead battery performance continues to meet end-user requirements.

“For example, the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium has a number of projects under way designed to improve their dynamic charge acceptance for use in start-stop, micro and mild hybrid applications, which play an important role in reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions in automotive vehicles.”

Other parts of the world have also announced a ban on the sale of ICE vehicles in the future, most notably France and the UK from 2040, Germany and India from 2030. Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Korea and Spain have set official targets for electric car sales. “The US doesn’t have a federal policy, but at least eight states have set out similar goals,” said a commentator.