CARB Wants Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2030

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The state of California wants all new vehicles sold in 2030 to emit zero emissions.

Heading the California Air Resources Board (CARB) since 2007 is Mary Nichols, who intends to push regulations that would essentially eliminate the sale of new cars with traditional combustion engines in the next few decades. Currently, the state requires that 2.7 percent of new cars sold this year be zero-emission vehicles, a mandate that will continue to increase annually starting in 2018. CARB has a goal that 22 percent of new car sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2025, but Nichols wants to push that even further, making all new vehicles sold be zero- or almost zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

SEE ALSO: California to Force Small Automakers to Make Plug-in Hybrids

In the grand scheme of things, California wants the entire road filled with only zero-emission vehicles by 2050. What Nichols has planned may sound over ambitious, but Governor Jerry Brown has also set lofty goals to reduce California greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Brown is also calling for a 50-percent reduction of transportation petroleum use by 2030.

Automakers haven’t been very fond of the policy changes and having to build and sell mandatory electric vehicles just to meet state regulations. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has notoriously gone on the record hoping that no one purchases the Fiat 500e, which causes the automaker to lose $14,000 with each one sold.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Aug 10, 2015

    there will be no CARB by 2030. By that time; there will have been a lawsuit about CARB challenging EPA's sole authority to regulate vehicle emissions. NTM; the probability that the California secessionists will find a way to break up the state into six states is rather high.

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    • Smartacus Smartacus on Aug 11, 2015

      You troll me then turn around and call me troll. obviously you are young , uneducated, unintelligent, and you are projecting your parents' (actually only your single mom's) political stupidity. *here is something that will make you feel better: you will be crying when Hillarity loses :)