Officials in California are considering a ban on internal combustion engine vehicles in a move which could mimic what select countries around the world have already announced.
During an interview late last week, chairman of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols said that California Governor Jerry Brown has recently expressed an interest in banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in the future, Automotive News reports.
“I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already? The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California,” Nichols said.
California has long been considered one of the most environmentally-conscious states in the United States and every year, accounts for more than 2 million vehicle sales.
If the state were to ban ICEs, which it is legally allowed to do, Nichols said it would unlikely do so through an EPA waiver which might not be approved by the Trump administration. Instead, the state could achieve its goal through new vehicle registration rules.