Gasoline Vehicle Phaseout Advances Around the World
Gas-powered cars have been on the decline for years. Recently, however, several countries and states have started to phase them out.
Many countries are looking at banning gas-powered vehicles, but California was the first state in the US to pass gas-powered vehicle regulations. The state’s Air Resources Board (ARB) is proposing that gas-powered cars be phased out by 2040, with zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) making up 15.4% of new car sales by 2025 and 50% by 2030. With more countries around the world considering bans on ICE vehicles and Germany announcing plans to stop selling them after 2030, it seems like we're headed towards a future where gas stations will be replaced by charging stations across America!
At the 26th UN Climate Change Summit (COP26) at least six automakers, including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Volvo, and thirty national governments, committed to phasing out the sale of fossil fuel vehicles worldwide by 2040.
The UK, Canada, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden are among the thirty participating nations. India is the fourth-largest car market in the world and was not previously a signatory to the vow to eliminate automobiles. At the same time, Turkey, Croatia, Ghana, and Rwanda stated for the first time that they would exclusively sell zero-emission cars.
The federal government and states in the US, including California, New York, and Washington, were also present to sign the pledge. Earlier in 2020, California and New York governors issued executive orders establishing the objective of selling solely zero-emission automobiles by 2035.
The EU Plans To Ban The Sales Of New Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2035
The EU is planning to ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035, according to a report from automakers’ group ACEA. The move comes amid a growing backlash against internal combustion engines across Europe, with countries like France and Britain announcing plans for their own bans on the sale of fossil fuel cars starting in 2030.
Norway Is Planning To Ban The Sale Of New Gas-Powered Cars By 2025
The Norwegian government has officially set a date to stop the sale of gasoline-powered cars in the country—2025. The Nordic nation will become the first country to commit to a ban on new gas-powered cars, with the goal that all vehicles sold in Norway will be zero emissions by 2030. Norway previously had a goal of zero emissions for all new cars by 2030, but this year's announcement sets an even more ambitious deadline and shows that other countries are starting to follow suit.
A large part of why Norway is taking such drastic measures is due to its geography. With mountains and fjords making up nearly half of its land mass, it would be difficult for electric cars (and other types) to reach every corner of the country without recharging them along their journey—at least not yet. That being said, electric vehicle adoption rates are growing rapidly throughout Europe; according to Climate Action Network Europe (CAN), between 2015 and 2016 alone they increased to 3% (from 1%).
China Is Planning To Limit New Gas Car Sales Starting In 2035
China is the world’s largest auto market, and China’s economy is the second largest in the world. China has a population of 1.4 billion people, its GDP is $13.6 trillion, and its per capita GDP is $9,000. The country has been looking at ways to reduce pollution levels in its cities for years—including restricting gas car sales starting in 2035.
India Could Join The Phaseout Of Gas-Powered Cars In 2030
India's government recently announced that it will ban the sale of gas-powered cars in 2030 and has said it will help speed up the development of electric vehicles nationwide. The country is currently the world's fourth largest auto market, with some 1.25 million new cars sold each year—and as a country with more than 1 billion people and one of the highest levels of income inequality on Earth, an electric car revolution could have a major impact.
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