Gas-Powered Vehicles Banned In One State

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( – On Wednesday, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey announced that the state was intending to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035. Similar plans have also been created in the states of New York and California.

The Advanced Clean Cars II rule is going to go into effect on January 1, 2024, and will mean that New Jersey will be the 11th state in the United States to be moving on a trajectory to phase out gas cars. Other states that have taken similar measures include Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon,  Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The rule originated in 2022 in California and will not be affecting the sales of used cars or existing gas-powered vehicles.

Much like California, New Jersey has also adopted similar emission standards for tracks.

In the statement, Murphy noted that the landmark rule would allow New Jersey to continue building up its position as a leading state in climate action. He added that the steps taken would help improve air quality and would ensure that the impacts of climate change would be mitigated for future generations. He further noted that this would provide cleaner car choices. The administration is also planning on continuing their investments in green economy, and voluntary electric vehicle incentives.

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) had fought against the rules adoption and even criticized the announcement noting that it would not address the problems regarding the lack of electric vehicles.

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