CT proposal a step towards halting sale of latest gas-powered vehicles

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is transferring towards changing into the newest state with plans to halt the sale of latest gas-powered vehicles by 2035.

Proposed state laws would require auto dealerships in Connecticut to start progressively promoting extra zero- or low-emission autos, together with passenger vehicles, SUVs and lightweight vehicles, in 2027 and thru 2035, till the brand new mandate would start.

The laws additionally require rising percentages of electrical medium and heavy-duty electrical autos, reminiscent of dump vehicles, bought within the state by 2032, relying on the car class. The idea was a part of a wide-ranging legislation handed in 2022 that adopted California’s clear air requirements for sure vehicles in an effort to scale back car emissions.

California air regulators adopted laws final summer season to have all new vehicles, pickup vehicles and SUVs be electrical or hydrogen by 2035.

“I believe we’re doing it good,” Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont stated at a information convention held this week at a Toyota dealership. He stated he’s spoken with the “auto guys” concerning the proposed 2035 deadline and requested if Connecticut was transferring too quick.

“They are saying, ‘maintain your pedal to the steel’” and by that I imply “make certain we’ve a transparent concept that Connecticut isn’t alone, it’s going to be one of many states the place it’s all electrical (in) 2023. That makes it simpler for us to design and construct (autos),’” Lamont stated.

Connecticut joins Rhode Island, Maryland, New Jersey and New Mexico in asserting plans to undertake the brand new requirements. Massachusetts, New York and Vermont finalized adoption of the principles this yr or in late 2022.

The Connecticut Division Power and Environmental Safety Commissioner is accepting public touch upon the proposed laws till Aug. 23. DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes stated she expects they are going to be prepared for legislative approval by the top of yr.

The laws would solely apply to car producers and wouldn’t have an effect on used gas-powered vehicles, which might nonetheless be allowed to be pushed in Connecticut.