California Assemblyman Phil Ting wants to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles in the state after 2040, The Sacramento Bee is reporting.
Ting, a San Francisco Democrat, is planning to introduce a bill that would stop the sale of new cars fueled by internal-combustion engines in 23 years, according to the newspaper. Ting maintained it is vital for those living in the state to move to electric cars in order to meet California’s greenhouse gas reductions targets.
"The market is moving this way, he said. "The entire world is moving this way. At some point you need to set a goal and put a line in the sand."
So far, zero-emission vehicles account for just under 5 percent of new car sales in California in the first half of the year, the newspaper said.
But Ting is pushing for more incentives to get people to buy electric cars.
CNN reported India, France, Britain and Norway also are looking too ban gas and diesel cars in the future. China is also working on a plan to ban the sale of gas powered cars.
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