The world is moving on from the combustion engine. In a bid to reduce carbon emission and our reliance on fossil fuels as well as clean up the air, more than 30 countries and cities have plans to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine (“ICE”) vehicles over the next two decades. Joining the list of future green territories, the state of Massachusetts recently announced that it will ban the sale of new ICE vehicles by 2035.
Massachusetts made the announcement in its 2050 Decarbonization Road Map, which includes the reduction of carbon emissions from passenger vehicles. According to state experts, 27% of the total carbon emissions in the state come from light-duty (passenger) vehicles. The state’s goal is to achieve net-zero fossil-fuel emissions by 2050. However, the state will have to address a few pressing issues before that.
Although sales have been steadily increasing, in 2020 electric vehicles (“EVs”) currently account for only 2.6% of global sales. Two main factors stand in the way of widespread adoption: high initial costs and limited charging infrastructure. Massachusetts will remove these obstacles by offering rebates to reduce the initial costs and investing in public charging infrastructure to make EV chargers more accessible, especially for drivers who don’t have garages at home.
This comes after both New Jersey and California announced earlier this year that they would ban the sale of new ICE vehicles, possibly setting a precedent for other states in the country. Like other ICE bans, this restriction will forbid the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2035, preventing automakers from selling any new vehicle models powered by a combustion engine from that point on. However, used-car lots will still be allowed to trade used ICE cars, and residents will be allowed to purchase and drive them.
On top of banning the sale of new fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, the 2050 road map also called for more focus on zero-carbon fuels. Although a power source that could effectively replace fossil fuels doesn’t exist today, the state thinks that biofuels of some sort may one day replace fossil fuels. Additionally, it also notes that the electricity grid would need to be fortified against the increasing number of electric vehicles relying on it for juice.
Once a clean, renewable power source is powering the electrical grid, the state will be even closer to achieving net-zero carbon emissions. President-elect Joe Biden, who once called climate change an existential threat, has an ambitious plan to speed up the electrification of America’s roads.
Another factor that will be instrumental in electrifying U.S. vehicles is the better options available from EV makers. For instance, ev Transportation Services Inc. makes a modular, highly durable, lightweight commercial vehicle with a long-lasting battery. Such vehicles will gradually build consumer trust until EVs are an intuitive choice for drivers.
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