New Jersey Moves To Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles

To curb global warming, the state of New Jersey plans to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles. This comes after the state’s DEP formally adopted a regulation mandating manufacturers switch to zero-emission fleets by 2035. In light of the incentives offered by the Biden administration, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy said that the order will “preserve consumer choice and improve affordability” by expanding access to various electric car options.

With the passage of this law, New Jersey becomes the tenth state to do away with the sale of gas-powered vehicles by the year 2035. The other states include Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Vermont, Connecticut, and California.

In 2022, California became the first state to implement this regulation. Advocates for renewable energy point their sights squarely at the transportation sector since it was the biggest polluter and the source of most of the United States’ carbon dioxide emissions (30% of the total) in 2017.

According to the state’s regulation, at least 43 percent of manufacturer fleets in New Jersey must have zero-emission cars by 2027 and by the year 2035, entirely.

A federal tailpipe emissions law, which would mandate that by 2032, electric vehicles must account for two-thirds of all vehicle sales, is being considered by the Biden administration. Since other variables, including EV charger availability and pricing, can impede such zero-emission targets, automakers and industry experts are dubious of the aggressive timelines.

The goals of reaching 100% by 2035 and the federal government’s anticipated 67% market share target date of 2032 are significantly outpaced by new EV sales. Cox Automotive reports that compared to last year’s period, EV sales increased to 7.9% of recent vehicle sales in the third quarter ending in September, up from 6.1%. Analysts attribute the industry’s slow development partly to the absence of public EV charging facilities.

To combat the higher purchase costs of new electric vehicles compared to their gas-powered counterparts, the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act provides tax credits of up to $7,500.