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    California bans gasoline cars in 2035 while advising not to waste electricity


    September 15, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Gasoline-powered cars will be banned in California as of 2035, according to the measure approved by this US state last August 22. The idea is that the vehicle fleet will be limited only to hybrid and electric models in order to "reduce carbon dioxide emissions". The problem is that just this summer, California has asked its citizens to refrain from plugging in their appliances and vehicles to avoid overloading the power grid.

      By 2026, 35% of all cars offered for sale in California must be zero polluting. This type of vehicle should grow to 68% by 2030 and reach 100% by 2035. In this way, California estimates that by 2040, they will have cut gas emissions by 50% and emissions of smog by 25%.

      Several states are debating whether to adopt plans similar to California's 2035 gasoline vehicle bans. Several of the 17 pro-measure states are likely to go ahead with the plan, including Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont, which would mean adapting legislation far more restrictive than what has already been put forward at the federal level.

      No light, no supplies and no minerals

      Some experts have already expressed concerns about the measure, especially regarding charging point infrastructure, mineral availability, supply chain issues and vehicle pricing.

      Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda have warned that electricity generation capacity would have to be drastically increased if millions of cars were to switch to plugging into the grid instead of using fuels.

      It so happens that just this summer, California asked its citizens to avoid using large appliances and refrain from charging their electric vehicles during peak hours to avoid overloading the state' s power grid.

      Stricter measures in Europe

      Last June, the European Parliament reached an agreement to ban the sale of new cars with diesel or gasoline engines from 2035. The most controversial aspect of this measure is that the agreement will also prohibit manufacturers from marketing hybrid vehicles of any kind because these models use internal combustion engines.

      Thus, from 2035 onwards, the only mechanics allowed for new cars sold in Europe will be all-electric and fuel cell or hydrogen, provided that this technology is sufficiently advanced within twelve years.

      For its part, Spain has maintained its unconditional support for the veto of combustion-engine cars by 2035 despite the negative effect it will have on employment in the sector. According to a report presented by Aedive, it estimates that the accelerated electrification of the car fleet will lead to the loss of 29,000 net jobs by 2030.

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