A Democrat responsible for signing bills passed by the California state Legislature used an environmental theory to ban new gasoline-powered cars.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has instructed the California Air Resources Board to start phasing out new passenger vehicles that run on fossil fuels to help stop climate change.
The executive order states that both gas-powered cars and light trucks are to be phased out by the year 2035, while medium and heavy-duty trucks are to have zero emissions a decade later.
The directive also supports a statewide ban on oil companies using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques.
Newsom claimed that forcing motorists to spend thousands of dollars more on electric vehicles fitted with generators, which offer a shorter serviceable lifespan, would help prevent natural disasters and cut smog-forming pollution by 80 percent.
He also accused the Los Angeles Basin and Central Valley of having the “most toxic air in the country.”
“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe,” he said in a statement. “Our cars should not make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars should not melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”
Used gas-powered vehicles will be permitted to continue operating and be sold or transferred to another owner until they reach the end of their serviceable lifetime. They will still have to be replaced by a new electric vehicle.
A motoring enthusiast revealed the running cost of recharging an electric vehicle might be much lower than gasoline but this is only until the battery needs replacing.
“Maintaining an electric car, according to some estimates, will cost about one third the current cost of maintaining a gasoline-powered car,” HowStuffWorks writer Christopher Lampton said. “Electric cars require considerably less maintenance than gas-driven cars—that is until the battery begins to wear out.”
Lampton estimates the average lithium-ion electric car battery offers a decent driving range of about 200 miles for an average of 100,000 miles, after which the cost of replacement significantly jumps, theoretically making the used car market less attractive for cost-conscious Americans.
“When you see the bill, you will probably faint,” he said. “A battery pack for a Nissan LEAF, for instance, is estimated to cost about $15,000 … and, with any luck, the cost of a replacement battery will be less than $15,000 by the time you really need it. When battery replacement time rolls around, you may opt to get a new car instead—unless you own a $100,000 electric Tesla Roadster, in which case the battery replacement costs might seem cheap compared to the price of the whole car.”
The base price for a 2020 Nissan leaf is approximately $31,600. So the battery could cost almost half the price of a new car.