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Proposed California bill would require new cars to be ZEV from 2040

5 January 2018

California State Assemblymember Phil Ting introduced a bill that would require all new vehicles registered in the state be zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) after 1 January 2040. For the purposes of the bill, zero emissions vehicles cannot produce exhaust emissions of any criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas under any operational mode or condition.

AB 1745, the Clean Cars 2040 Act, would be applicable to all motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) up to 10,000 lbs. Commercial vehicles with a GVWR ≥ 10,001 lbs would be exempted.

The bill also includes an exemption for vehicles that have been registered outside of California. This exemption would allow people who are moving into California to keep their non-ZEV vehicles.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has adopted a very ambitious goal to reduce GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. However, the proposed bill AB 1745 appears to have been developed independently from the ARB.

Source: California Assemblymember Ting