The State of California recently announced that it will ban the sale of all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Although no announcement has been made so far, New Jersey may soon unveil a plan to make exactly the same.
According to Ray Cantor, vice president of government affairs for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, this could cause a whole host of problems and the Garden State might not even have a say in the matter.
New Jersey has opted for California clean air standards, which are stricter than the national standards.
“We may have no choice but to do the same with California,” Cantor said.
When it comes to new vehicle emission standards, states have the option of following the regulations set by the federal government or the more stringent standards set by California. New Jersey is one of 16 states that have adopted California standards.
Cantor said it’s unclear at this time whether New Jersey would be legally required to follow California’s gasoline-powered car ban or whether the state could make its own decision.
Ban on the sale of new petrol cars
Cantor doubts New Jersey has the resources to meet demand for more electric vehicles, which can be more expensive than gas-powered cars.
Cantor said that what is most concerning is in 2035, when this plan could come into effect, “we are going to have to double our electrical capacity more, and we are afraid that we do not have the plans in place for that because well .”
He noted “as the solar increases, as we look upwind, it won’t be close enough. You can’t just generate power, you need to be able to connect it to a grid.
He also noted that many people will not be able to afford an electric vehicle unless prices drop significantly, and there are also major supply chain issues that could impact the availability of electric vehicles. vehicles.
“There’s a lot of planning, there’s a lot of capital investment. We believe the state’s electrification goals are well ahead of its plans to actually make it work,” Cantor said.
David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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