Across North America, a growing number of state and provincial legislatures are passing bills that will eventually prohibit the sale of new vehicles equipped only with a gasoline engine. California has already moved in this direction and we recently reported that New Jersey is planning to take action soon. In both those cases, the target year is 2035.
After New Jersey, it’s virtually certain that the state of New York will follow suit.
Within Canada, British Columbia has legislated a similar ban, to take effect in 2040. Now it’s Quebec’s turn, as it has just announced legislation that will prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles on its territory starting in 2035.
Unsurprisingly, the news is causing strong reactions from several different quarters. On the one hand, some find that the ban won’t take effect soon enough; on the other are those arguing that the timeline doesn’t give companies or consumers enough time to adapt. The electric car, in case you didn’t know, has its defenders, but also its detractors.