The measure would be similar to other target dates set by China and several European countries.

With over 2 million new car sales a year, California sells more cars than some European countries like France and Spain. Those two countries, along with China, have established target dates to stop the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines. California hasn’t followed suit yet, but such a move is reportedly on the table according to Bloomberg News.

“I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’” said California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols to Bloomberg News. The messages come from California Governor Jerry Brown, who is one of the more vocal political figures when it comes to pollution and climate change. “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”

Numerous countries have expressed a desire to ban the sale of new gas and diesel-powered vehicles in the next 20 to 30 years, but it’s still unclear if such targets can be met. With the current evolution of all-electric vehicles, many believe it’s absolutely possible. Others believe that setting specific dates will force manufacturers to focus on electric development or risk losing a substantial market.

California already has a goal to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels before the year 2050. Some see the axing of new gas or diesel cars as the only way to meet that target. Of course, the ban only covers new cars – it’s unclear how used or classic gas-powered cars might be affected.

For its part, the Association of Global Automakers doesn’t appear to be entirely on-board with the idea. The Association’s CEO John Bozzella said in a statement that the group has been working on “intelligent, market-based approaches to emissions reductions beyond 2025, and we hope that this doesn’t signal an abandonment of that position.” The Association of Global Automakers is a trade organization that represents foreign automakers such as Honda and Toyota in the United States.

As it stands right now, a ban is being considered but there are no plans to implement such a measure any time soon.

Source: Bloomberg News