Michael Shaw

Assemblymember moves to ban internal combustion engines

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 5, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend


On the first day of the 2018 legislative year, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1745 to ban the registration of new internal combustion engine vehicles in California beginning in 2040. This follows the passage last year of a major deal extending California’s climate change reduction efforts which has some people scratching their heads as to why this is needed and why now.

The bill specifically calls on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to not accept registration of a new motor vehicle unless it is a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) with exceptions for large commercial vehicles and out-of-state vehicles being registered in California. The author contends that this is necessary to meet California’s climate goals as well as improve air quality in California.

However, California has already made significant strides in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases and with the passage of AB 398 (Ed Garcia, D-Coachella) and AB 617 (Cristina Garcia, D-Downey) last year and is set to make even greater strides on the climate change and air quality fronts. If California’s policy decisions last year prove to be the correct path, technology and market demand will accomplish this goal in a far less costly manner. In fact, a number of car companies are making greater investments in ZEV technology while the efficiency of the internal combustion engine continues to improve. That can help keep California competitive for manufacturing jobs and investments, another important component of the state’s future.

Unfortunately, AB 1745, the ‘stick’ of the carrot-and-stick regulatory approach, bans the dominant engine technology discouraging further innovation that may improve in the near-term while ZEV technologies continue to develop.

CMTA will oppose AB 1745 and continue to support a technology-neutral approach to addressing California’s challenges because that path allows many to compete and the best to win.


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