California Could Require All Vehicles to Be Zero Emissions, Top Air Regulator Says

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A person plugs in an electric vehicle on Feb. 13, 2017, in Godewaersvelde, northern France. (Credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A person plugs in an electric vehicle on Feb. 13, 2017, in Godewaersvelde, northern France. (Credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Imagine a future where only zero-emission vehicles could be registered in California or driven on the state’s freeways.

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the an event at the Exploratorium on Sept. 16, 2013, in San Francisco, where he met with corporate leaders at to discuss progress in the adoption of electric vehicles and workplace charging stations at businesses in the state. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the an event at the Exploratorium on Sept. 16, 2013, in San Francisco, where he met with corporate leaders at to discuss progress in the adoption of electric vehicles and workplace charging stations at businesses in the state. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Those are two tactics that could be used to help the world’s sixth largest economy phase out combustion engines, suggested California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols in a recent interview with Bloomberg.

The state already has far-reaching policies for fighting climate change, but Nichols said Gov. Jerry Brown wants to make sure California is keeping pace with goals set by other countries.

Britain and France plan to ban vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel fuel by 2040, and China recently announced it would set its own deadline.

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