New legislation introduced by a Democratic Senator in Rhode Island would outlaw the sale of all new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030 with the aim of driving electric vehicle adoption in the state.
Legislation S2448, which was put forth by Sen. Alana DiMario, D-North Kingstown, would outlaw the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles for both public fleets and private ownership. The ban on internal combustion engine vehicles under private ownership would actually come into effect in 2027, while the ban on gas or diesel-powered passenger vehicles for public fleet use would come into effect in 2030. The legislation would also require one hundred percent of school buses in operation in the state to be battery-electric by 2030.
While the legislation’s lofty goals could prove to be difficult for Rhode Island to meet, it outlines a somewhat more realistic target for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Under DiMario’s legislation, 30 percent of all new medium and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the state must be battery-electric. This would include larger fleet trucks like the Chevy Silverado Medium Duty, as well as box trucks like the Chevy Low Cab Forward.
In addition to these sales targets, the legislation would establish a framework to determine the infrastructure improvements needed to bring the state’s charging grid to an adequate level. It would also create an environmental justice board “to ensure that overburdened and underserved communities are able to provide meaningful input into decision-making processes relating to investment in clean transportation,” and that these areas “are not left behind in the transition to electric transportation.”
“We know this transition needs to happen and we need a strategy and a plan to get there,” DiMario said in a statement. “By 2030, every Rhode Islander buying a new car should be able to go electric without worrying where they are going to charge.”
GM will be happy to see states like Rhode Island prioritizing electric vehicle adoption, as it will have a wide variety of EVs on sale by 2030 – including sedans, pickup trucks and crossovers. The automaker also plans to ditch all emissions-producing products from its retail vehicle lineup by 2035, including light-duty trucks.