In a big shot in the arm for the advocates of clean mobility, Washington State has announced that it will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars here by 2030. This state at least for buyers less than a decade before manufacturers came up with electric options.
This decision is important because Washington’s deadline to ban the sale of traditional cars is earlier than any other US state. The move comes after the Washington State Legislature passed a ‘Clean Cars 2030’ bill that targets all passenger vehicles of the model year 2030 or only battery-powered after that. Electrec reports that since the bill seeks to ban the sale, purchase or registration of any non-electric vehicle of 2030 or later models, it will also apply to vehicles purchased elsewhere and brought into the state .
This could be a major inspiration for the EV movement in America, a movement that has gathered momentum in recent times.
Manufacturers are rushing to come up with battery-powered options for buyers to avoid a situation where they have products but are unable to sell them. Market watchers warned that this was likely to become an existential battle for many and that not having an EV in the product portfolio could mean extinction.
Although Tesla has a commanding lead in the personal mobility space, others such as Ford and Volkswagen are trying to close the gap. Mercedes recently showcased its flagship sedan – the EQS – which will hit American soil sometime later this year.
And although many states worry about the loss in revenue derived from the tax levied on the fuel of vehicles, some of them have begun efforts to reduce this dependence.