Washington and Massachusetts to go after California’s gas car sales ban

States like Washington and Massachusetts may choose guidelines from the California Air Resources Board.

Washington and Massachusetts

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he will help California end sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), which regulates state vehicle emissions, has introduced new regulations requiring 35% of new vehicles sold in the state to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2026. issued. It will then increase to 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.

California exempts the federal government from setting its own air quality regulations, allowing other states to generally opt for stricter regulations than national standards.

Washington and Massachusetts have laws written to ban the sale of gasoline vehicles if CARB is passed.

Related: California is on the way to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars by 2035

“This is an important milestone in our fight against the climate. Washington has set a legislative goal to make all new car sales zero emissions by 2030,

 And will adopt California regulations by the end of this year. We are ready,” Inslee tweeted ahead of CARB’s final decision.

Washington has over 100,000 EV registrations, the highest concentration per capita in the United States, with EVs accounting for 8% of registrations in July.

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, 

Virginia, Vermont, and Washington D.C., currently follow CARB rules on car emissions, but they have not yet officially declared electric car mandates.

Final federal approval is required for the CARB rule to become effective, and the states of Washington and Massachusetts must continue to codify the rule before enforcing it.

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