Washington will follow California’s lead and implement laws banning the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2035, Governor Jay Inslee announced on Twitter last week.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially adopted the Advanced Clean Cars II rule last Thursday, which “establishes a year-by-year roadmap so that by 2035 100 percent of new cars and light trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles,” the regulator said. The law’s implementation is expected to help drive EV sales in the U.S., as other states typically base their emissions regulations on California’s.
Inslee said Washinton would implement the California-style emissions regs within the next four months.
“This is a critical milestone in our climate fight,” he said. “Washington set in law a goal for all new car sales to be zero emissions by 2030 and we’re ready to adopt California’s regs by end of this year,” Inslee tweeted.”
While the California law is touted as a ban on all internal combustion engine cars, it allows for up to 20 percent of a manufacturer’s portfolio to consist of plug-in hybrid vehicles. This means ICE vehicles will still be sold in states with this law past 2035, but they will have to feature a hybrid powertrain with a plug-in battery.
In addition to Washington, Massachusetts has also said that it will adopt the California-style regulations, banning the sale of new ICE vehicles by 2035 there, as well.
“Once again California is leading the nation and the world with a regulation that sets ambitious but achievable targets for ZEV sales,” CARB chairperson Liane Randolph said in a statement. “Rapidly accelerating the number of ZEVs on our roads and highways will deliver substantial emission and pollution reductions to all Californians, especially for those who live near roadways and suffer from persistent air pollution.”
GM previously outlined plans to cease sales of new, fossil fuel-powered passenger vehicles by 2035, while 40 percent of the company’s U.S. models will be battery-electric by the end of 2025. The Cadillac brand will be the first GM-owned entity to go all-electric, with the luxury automaker set to phase out ICE vehicles from its portfolio by 2030.