The internal combustion engine’s periods may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air.
Governor Jerry Brown has expressed an interest in barring the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines, Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, said in an interview Friday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. The earliest such a banning is at least a decade away, she said.
Brown, one of the most outspoken elected official in the U.S. about the necessity of achieving policies to combat climate change, “wouldve been” replicating similar moves by China, France and the U.K .
” I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking,’ Why haven’t we done something already ?'” Nichols said, referring to China’s planned phase-out of fossil-fuel vehicle marketings.” The governor has certainly indicated those who are interested in why China can do this and not California .”
Embracing such a policy would send shockwaves through the world car industry due to the heft of California’s auto market. More than 2 million new passenger vehicles were registered in the state last year, topping France, Italy or Spain. If a prohibit were implemented, automakers from General Motor Co . to Toyota Motor Corp. would be under new pressure to construct electric vehicles the standard for personal transportation in the most populous U.S. country, casting fresh uncertainties on the future of gasoline- and diesel-powered autos elsewhere.
The Association of Global Automakers said consumers must be able to afford the cleaner cars that California says are needed to meet its climate objectives. The trade association represents Toyota, Honda Motor Co. and other overseas carmakers in the U.S.
“We have been working with California on intelligent, market-based approaches to emissions reductions beyond 2025, and we hope that this doesn’t signal an abandonment of that position, ” Global Automakers Chief Executive Officer John Bozzella said in a statement.