GREEN ASHES ARELAND, Calif.
— The federal government says it’s working to get all new vehicles off the road by 2022.
Its green-asphalt rule, which took effect on Jan. 1, sets a deadline of 2021 for the nation’s largest vehicle manufacturers to make the transition to zero-emission vehicles.
This year, General Motors and Ford said they would make the switch by 2021, but it’s not clear if those two automakers will meet that deadline.
While the rule aims to cut emissions, it doesn’t address vehicle-to-vehicle emissions, which can be a challenge in California’s notoriously polluted and smoggy air.
A new report from the American Council on Renewable Energy, however, suggests California is far ahead of the curve on the transition.
“California’s environmental performance is better than most states and even a few of the states in the country, and we are on track to meet our 2020 emission goals by 2025,” said Greg Ewing, president of the California Environmental Council.
According to the report, California is one of just a handful of states that has achieved zero-carbon growth from 2000 to 2020.
By 2030, California plans to achieve zero-transmission emissions from vehicles by 2035, and zero-pipeline emissions from trucks and buses by 2040.
California also has the second-highest number of electric vehicle owners in the U.S., with more than 30 million vehicles on the road, according to a report by the California Electric Vehicle Association.
To help offset some of the carbon emissions from their vehicles, manufacturers can offer incentives to make them more fuel efficient, as well as to lower the prices of vehicles to make up for the extra cost of building a new vehicle.
The California Green Code, which requires automakers to reduce the amount of energy they burn in the production of their vehicles and to install more fuel-efficient technologies, was passed by the state legislature in 2013 and signed into law by Gov.
Jerry Brown in 2014.
Currently, California has the highest number of EVs on the roads in the nation, with more per capita than any other state.
Since the law went into effect in 2013, California’s fleet has increased by more than 300 percent, from 4,000 vehicles to 9,400 vehicles, according the Department of Energy.
For the next five years, the state plans to build 5,500 EVs, including 1,500 that are electric vehicles.
The state has already invested more than $8 billion into electrifying the fleet, with an eye on increasing that number to 12,000 by 2025, according an Energy Department analysis.
But the California Green code also has a number of rules that are specific to the state, which could be difficult to change.
One rule mandates that vehicles made in California must be manufactured at a plant in the state.
That rule is set to expire at the end of 2020, but the Department is encouraging manufacturers to consider other ways to transition to cleaner vehicles, such as by moving production to facilities in other states, or by building new plants in California, according a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
Another rule requires that new vehicle sales be based on California-produced vehicles.
Manufacturers have the option of selling vehicles to customers who are located in other countries or countries that are more advanced, such like India, where the rule was written.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times last month, Brown said the rule is part of a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.
At the same time, the report found that California’s emissions have decreased significantly since the implementation of the rule, and that the number of vehicles on its roads has dropped by 30 percent.
As of this year, California still had 7.3 million cars on the highway.
The next-highest state, New York, has 2.7 million.