Stay on target Man Completes ‘World’s Longest’ Journey By EVNissan’s Recycled EV Batteries Power ‘Off-Grid’ Adventures Internal combustion engines are so last year.California is eyeing a ban on sales of diesel-fuel cars in hopes of reducing air pollution.Gov. Jerry Brown has reportedly “expressed an interest” in the restrictions, according to Bloomberg, which cited California Air Resources Board (CARB) chair Mary Nichols.AdChoices广告The Golden State may become the first U.S. territory to take action, similar to China, France, and the UK—all planning to phase out gas- and diesel-car sales over the next three decades.“I’ve gotten messages from the Governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’” Nichols told the news agency. “The Governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”Automakers are embracing the next generation of electric vehicles: Tesla helped to kickstart the revolution, which Volkswagen and Volvo, among others, have since joined.Exposure to airborne particles is a serious public health concern. CARB estimates that tiny particulate matter (measuring 2.5 micrometers or less) is associated with some 7,200 premature deaths, 1,900 hospitalizations, and 5,200 emergency room visits in California annually.But unlike other high-tech products (smartwatches, home security systems, robotic luggage) often marketed toward upper-crust consumers, EVs must be affordable to everyone to ensure a smooth transition. And I’m not so sure how manufacturers like General Motors or Toyota will feel about that.The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020; the state hopes to return to 1990 levels in three years, and drop 80 percent lower by 2050.To reach these “ambitious” goals, “we have to pretty much replace all combustion with some form of renewable energy,” Nichols told Bloomberg. “We’re looking at that as a method of moving this discussion forward.”Officials are already thinking ahead: Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is unlikely to grant California a waiver to write new pollution rules, the government plans to take a different—still legal—route, Bloomberg reported. It could, for instance, limit which vehicles can access state highways, encouraging drivers to opt for a shiny new EV to get to work.“Given the existential challenge we face, the administration is looking at many, many possible measures—including additional action on electric vehicles—to help rapidly decarbonize the economy and protect the health of our citizens,” CARB told Geek in a statement.Gov. Brown’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Sept. 29 with comment from CARB.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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