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Massachusetts to require 100 percent of car sales to be electric by 2035

Massachusetts to require 100 percent of car sales to be electric by 2035
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Massachusetts plans on ending the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, following California’s lead in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides released a plan last week that outlined the state’s goals for 2030 and beyond.

"For the Commonwealth to achieve Net Zero, fossil fuel use must be all but completely eliminated in on-road vehicles by 2050," reads the report.

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"Given the cost and scarcity of low- or zero-carbon drop-in replacement fuels and the current market and growing availability of high efficiency battery-electric and other zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) alternatives, this likely means reaching near complete electrification of the light-duty fleet."

Massachusetts will seek to have 30 percent of all trucks and bus sales be ZEVs by 2030, hoping to reach 100 percent of sales by 2050.

In September, California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia governor calls in National Guard to secure state Capitol Mississippi runs out of coronavirus vaccine as state expands eligibility Overnight Health Care: US sets new record for daily COVID deaths with over 4,300 | Johnson & Johnson vaccine has promising immune response in early trial | In-person learning doesn't appear to drive COVID cases MORE (D) signed an executive order that sought to phase out the sale of gas-powered passenger cars by 2035, also aiming to phase out heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has voiced support for similar measures, but his state has not yet issued such an order.

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Flags, signs and other items left behind in Capitol riot to be preserved as historical artifacts Laptop stolen from Pelosi's office during Capitol riots MORE (D-Ore.), who sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised Massachusetts's news on Twitter on Tuesday.