Another State Joins No-Gas Movement
New Jersey is the latest state to join the growing trend of banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. Governor Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that the state would be adopting California’s Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which aims to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
With this move, New Jersey became the 17th state to follow in California’s footsteps, joining Vermont, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Connecticut in committing to implement a complete ban on new gas-powered vehicles. According to Governor Murphy, the decision will not only help lower emissions but also preserve consumer choice.
In a press release, Governor Murphy stated that the state’s adoption of the gas-powered vehicle ban will have long-term benefits for future generations by improving air quality and mitigating the effects of climate change. He also mentioned that the move aligns with the state’s investments in electric vehicle incentives, charging infrastructure, and the green economy.
The ban, however, will not affect gas-powered vehicles that are already owned or the sale of used gas-powered vehicles. This move has been hailed by fellow Democrats, including Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., who believes it will help in the fight against the climate crisis.
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In support of New Jersey’s decision, Pallone Jr. said that the new rule will not only reduce climate pollution but also save New Jerseyans money at the pump. He also added that it would encourage investments in building electric cars within the state.
However, not everyone is happy with the state’s adoption of the gas-powered vehicle ban. Automotive retailers have expressed concerns and believe that a heavy-handed mandate will not work for dealers. They point out that many have already invested billions in electric vehicles, and the lack of demand for these vehicles has left them with unsold EVs piling up on lots across the country.
Ray Cantor, speaking on behalf of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, which has lobbied against the rule, warned that a strict ban may have negative consequences. This includes putting excessive financial strain on dealerships and impacting the state’s economy.
The push for electric vehicles has been strongly supported by the Biden administration, despite major manufacturers like Ford losing money on EV production. Ford received a $9.2 billion loan from the Biden administration in July to assist in constructing three electric vehicle battery plants in the US. However, the motor company has already projected a loss of $4.5 billion on its EVs this year.