The economic benefits of the mandate are expected to exceed the costs: the costs could amount to US$289 billion over the rule’s lifetime, while the economic benefits could reach at least US$338 billion – a net gain of US$48 billion -dollars, according to Air Board officials.
Electric cars cost more to buy now, but price cuts plus savings in gas and maintenance would add up to save consumers an estimated $3,200 on a 2026 car and $7,500 on a 2035 car over ten years, the Air calculated Board.
To counter consumer reluctance, manufacturers would need to meet the minimum performance, durability and guarantee requirements for zero-emission vehicles. Cars must be able to go at least 150 miles on a single charge, up from the current 50-mile mandate, and batteries must last longer and carry a manufacturer’s warranty.
The goal is to ensure that new and used zero-emission vehicles “can serve as full replacement vehicles for conventional vehicles in every California home,” according to the Air Board.
environmentalist had raised concerns about previous designs, saying they were ramping up too slowly and could keep millions of fossil fuel-powered cars on the roads because the average car is driven for 12 years.
Starting at a 35% wagering requirement is “a definite improvement,” said Don Anair, research director and associate director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Transportation Program. Still, he said: “It’s kind of the bare minimum. So we really see that as a floor, not a ceiling, to get going.”
Environmental groups on Wednesday urged the board to set a tougher target of 75% zero-emissions sales by 2030. They are also aiming for mandatory equity rules that would ensure electric cars drive in communities hardest hit by pollution.
Under the proposed rule, automakers would be allowed to meet a small portion of their sales targets through 2031 with loans aimed at helping low-income residents. For example, they could earn credit for selling cheaper new zero-emission cars that cost less than $20,000 or making sure vehicles are up for resale in the state.
Last year, Newsom a $3.9 Zero Emission Vehicle Budget that included about $1.2 billion to strengthen discounts and other incentives for clean cars, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged communities. A further 300 million US dollars will flow into the development of charging and refueling infrastructure.
Newsom announced this on Wednesday $10 billion zero-emission vehicle financing package in its January budget, which said it would “expand access and affordability for all.”
That State auditor has warned However, the Air Resources Board said it “generally failed to determine the impact of its incentive programs on consumer behavior and therefore overstated the (greenhouse gas) emission reductions achieved by its incentive programs.”
While battery-powered cars don’t emit pollutants, the electricity generation that powers them does. However, air quality authorities say emissions from electricity generation are far lower than for vehicles. Much of the California stream comes from natural gas, sun, wind and water power.
Other nations are in similar ways to phase out fossil fuel vehicles, but no state or nation has passed a rule banning them. However, the European Union is considering a Big package of climate change laws that would effectively ban fossil fuel cars by calling for a 100 percent reduction in all carbon emissions by 2035.
The Washington State Legislature also recently passed a transport bill that specified a target All cars sold, bought or registered in the state will be electric vehicles by 2030. But it’s not an enforceable regulation like the one in California if it went into effect this summer.
California’s proposal comes as gas prices rise to more than $5 per gallon in the state. Critics tell the Newsom administration sends mixed messages about gas powered cars by proposing Discounts for car owners.
The zero-emission vehicle proposal requires US Environmental Protection Agency approval for implementation. Since the 1960s, the state has led the country in eliminating the emissions that create California’s suffocating smog. The Federal Clean Air Act gave California the authority to set its own tailpipe emissions standards.
The Trump administration acted to remove that authority other than President Joe Biden’s EPA reversed the decision in March. Calling it “a major victory for the environment, our economy and the health of families across the country,” Newsom said the state “looks forward to partnering with the Biden administration to make a zero-carbon future a reality for all Americans.” “.