Eight States Officially Agree to Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Vehicles

President Joe Biden made headlines last week by unveiling the most radical environmental regulations in U.S. history, aimed at phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles and mandating the adoption of electric cars. Now, a recent report shows that the push to eliminate gas-powered automobiles is gaining momentum in eight states.

According to a report from The Daily Mail on Tuesday, the regulations being implemented in these states outline that only zero-emission vehicles, such as electric cars and specific plug-in hybrids, will be permitted for sale starting from the 2035 model year. This directive is known as the Advanced Clean Cars II rule.

Eight states, including California, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington, have committed to mandating the use of “environmentally friendly” electric vehicles among their residents. Additionally, the District of Columbia has endorsed this initiative.

Predictably, California was the frontrunner in implementing the regulation. They aim to ensure that 35% of new vehicle sales produce zero emissions within two years, with plans to raise this target to an impressive 68% by 2030.

According to the California Air Resources Board, the regulation reshapes the state’s “growing zero-emission vehicle market and robust motor vehicle emission control rules and augments them to meet more aggressive tailpipe emissions standards and ramp up to 100% zero-emission vehicles.”

Rhode Island recently became the latest state to join the list of those committed to banning the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles.

Other states have implemented versions of the Advanced Clean Cars II Rule but have not yet committed to completely phasing out gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

For example, Delaware and Colorado recently established regulations mandating that 82% of new vehicles must be zero-emission by 2032. New Mexico, on the other hand, declared last July its intention to establish yearly objectives for zero-emission vehicle sales. However, none of these states have officially supported the 2035 ban.

The Biden administration, in a joint announcement with the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has formally approved a set of stringent environmental regulations aimed at reducing tailpipe emissions from gas-powered vehicles. These regulations were ostensibly in response to greenhouse gas emissions and “climate change.”

Car manufacturers will be compelled to swiftly reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter from new passenger cars, light trucks, and larger pickups and vans, starting with vehicles produced for the 2027 model year.

Once the tailpipe emissions regulations take effect, car manufacturers will be obligated to ramp up the production and sales of electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrids, traditional hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles. As per one of the “low cost” models outlined by the EPA in the rule, automakers must guarantee that 56% of light-duty car sales are battery electric, with an additional 13% being hybrid by the year 2032.

With support from several states, the Biden administration is pushing forward with plans that could render gas-powered cars a thing of the past, unless President Trump secures victory this year. Some see him as the final chance to reverse what they view as environmental insanity and potentially save America’s future.

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