Massachusetts released its 2050 Decarbonization Road Map this week, which indicates the state will look to ban the sale of all new gas powered vehicles by 2035.
California was the first U.S. state to announce its intention to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles after governor Gavin Newsom outlined the wide-ranging change during a speech in September. Massachusetts plans to follow California’s lead with the drastic measure and believes it will help facilitate a full transition to EVs by as early as mid-decade.
“The State of California is exploring regulatory options similar to those already in place in many European countries that will require 100% zero emissions LDV sales by 2035. When finalized, those California requirements would also apply to vehicles in Massachusetts,” the state’s Decarbonization Road Map document reads. “Given an average lifetime of less than 15 years, implementation of this regulation or a similar federal one in Massachusetts would likely result in a near-complete transition of the light-duty fleet to ZEVs by 2050.”
This lofty goal is still subject to change, it is worth noting. The document also acknowledges that consumer adoption of EVs will hinge on how the technology progresses in the coming years and says policies can and should be adjusted based on EV development. It also recognizes the major price differences that currently exist between gas powered vehicles and EVs.
“Depending on how EV technologies, California and national policies, and local policy priorities evolve, a policy framework to address this transformation should maintain flexibility and serve as a mechanism to ensure the benefits and costs of vehicle electrification are as equitably distributed as possible,” the roadmap says.
New Jersey has put forth a similar goal of eliminating the sale of new gas powered vehicles by 2035, but has not gone so far as to implement a mandate. The Canadian province of Quebec also outlined its intention to ban the sale of gas powered vehicles by 2035 after Newsom’s announcement in September.
Automakers with major investments in electric vehicles will likely welcome these new mandates with open arms. That includes General Motors, which recently committed to spending $20 billion on electric and autonomous vehicle development between now and 2025.