By John Boesel, CALSTART
California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairman Mary Nichols emphasizes the importance of banning internal combustions engine (ICE) vehicles during the CALSTART California 2030 Policy Summit.
- Nichols was previously opposed to the ban of ICE vehicles due to the potential backlash but stated at the Summit:
“I’ve become convinced of the need to send a longer-term signal of where we’re heading…If we can make it clear that it is the will of the legislature and [CARB], then there should be a clear end to [internal combustion engine] sales.”
- California historically sets ambitious climate goals and targets and an ICE ban would be a major step for the state’s emissions reductions
- If carmakers keep to their promise to produce more EVs, by 2023 there will be many more long-range electric and fuel cell vehicles available for sale
- Policy firm Energy Innovations issued a report suggesting California would need to establish an 80% Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) sales target by 2030 to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target
- California produces more electric vehicles and has more electric vehicle-related jobs than the rest of the country