Maryland commits: A ban on gas vehicle sales
Maryland followed the footsteps of California by posing a ban on all the new gas vehicle sales by the year 2035. Maryland’s Air Quality Control Advisory Council voted for the approval of a regulation that was meant to implement the vehicle emission standards in California with a mentioned goal to ensure that a certain percentage of new vehicle sales happen to be emission free. Maryland laws would require the State to match California’s vehicle emissions programs. Maryland has aligned with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) vehicle standards in 2011. It is one of seventeen states in the U.S. to adopt the same standard. House Minority Leader Jason Buckel stated, “This is a policy that was created in California.” He added, “It is based on California’s economy, California’s transportation needs, and California’s electrical grid.”
Maryland’s car sales will be zero emission by 2027
According to the proposal, it will require 43 percent of Maryland’s new car sales to be zero-emission by the year 2027. All new passenger vehicles sold in Maryland will need to be zero-emission by the year 2035. The requirements would permit plug-in hybrid vehicles to be accountable for 20 percent of the requirements. Maryland Governor Wes Moore had even criticized the previous administration. It was run by Larry Hogan, for dragging its feet. This was meant to push the fleet of passenger vehicles to be more sustainable in the state. “The last administration pumped the brakes on this regulation, but today I am proud to say that we’re getting rolling again.”
Banning the sale of new gasoline cars
Gov. Moore in a press conference has said, “Today, we’re talking about a major transformation that is going to define this administration—and that’s how we turn Maryland from a state powered by oil and gas to a state powered by clean energy.” He even added, “I am confident that the state of Maryland can and will lead the clean energy revolution.” 383,000 fewer new gas-powered vehicles will be sold under the new rule by the year 2030. This figure further rises to 1.68 million vehicles by the year 2035. The finalization of the requirements will be closed by the month of September and the public will have an opportunity to comment and voice concerns. The legislative committee will review the advisory. California has become the first US state in August for the sale of new gasoline cars. Post then, every new car that will be sold in the state will have to be 100% free of fossil fuel emissions. Governor Gavin Newsom stated “The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” while announcing the goal. California plans to have 35% of fossil fuel-free car sales by 2026 and 68% by the year 2030.