A Californian Democrat plans on introducing a bill in the state that will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040.
According to Bloomberg, California Assembly member Phil Tang, chairman of the chamber’s budget committee, is the man behind the bill. From 2040, he wants the state’s motor vehicles department to only register vehicles that don’t emit carbon dioxide, namely fully-electric and hydrogen-fuel cell cars.
California intends on slashing emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050 and Ting believes the introduction of such a bill could be an invaluable way to achieve this target. In fact, the transportation sector was recently named the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
“Until you set a deadline, nothing gets done. It’s responsible for us to set a deadline 23 years in advance,” Ting said.
In September, the California Air Resources Board said it had discussed such a vehicle ban following an expression of interest from Governor Jerry Brown.