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Maryland becomes latest US State to announce 2035 ICE ban

Maryland is the latest US State to announce the adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II act, first adopted by California in August last year.

The new regulations mandates that 35 percent of new car sales must be tailpipe emissions-free by 2026. The percentage increases to 51 percent in 2028, then 68 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2035.

Governor Wes Moore announced that manufacturers must increase the share of electric vehicles they sell in the state over the next few years until a 100% figure is reached in 2035. The ICE ban will be in effect for all passenger cars and light trucks. You’ll have to travel out of state if you want a Ford F-150 with a V8 instead of a Lightning.

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Nissan now using heavy-duty electric transport trucks to deliver EVs to dealerships in California

Nissan battery electric vehicle (BEV) Class 8 truck is delivering new Ariya EVs to the Downey Nissan dealership in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Nissan is now using two battery electric vehicle (BEV) Class 8 trucks to deliver new vehicles from the Port of Los Angeles to dealerships in the Los Angeles region.

The first dealership deliveries with the BEV trucks, to Downey Nissan in California, included Nissan’s all-new, all-electric crossover, the 2023 Ariya EV. The crossover offers an option for everyone with eight well-equipped grade levels. Ariya FWD trims are on sale now, with deliveries of e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive trims to follow this spring.

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Automakers are backing California in challenge to set emissions standards

The federal court case — Ohio v. EPA — is pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. 17 US states petitioned the court to revoke California’s Clean Air Act waiver, which allows the California to set emissions standards higher than federal standards.

The 17 petitioners opposing California and the Environmental Protection Agency are the US states of Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Meanwhile, today New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state will initiate the process to adopt California’s Advanced Clean Cars II.

The automakers — BMW, Ford, Honda, Lucid, Rivian, Tesla, Volkswagen, Volvo — essentially argue that California’s emissions standards are in line with market forces, noting in the brief that demand for EVs has drastically increased.


Read Stephen Edelstein’s article in Green Car Reports to learn more.

SEMA supports ZEV conversion government rebates in California

California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-Burbank) introduced Senate Bill 301 on Friday, a bill supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), to create a financial rebate program for converting gas and diesel-powered motor vehicles into zero-emissions-vehicles (ZEVs). The legislation will allow California to support small businesses and maintain its rich car culture, while assisting consumers that want to convert their vehicles to cleaner engines.

SEMA is sponsoring the legislation, embracing the innovation of the auto industry as it works to make ZEV ownership more accessible following a similar bill introduced last year that passed in the Assembly with zero opposition.

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EVs comprise almost 80 percent of new vehicle sales in Norway, and 60 percent in Iceland, but less than 5 percent in the USA

Chris Teague, Autoweek »

Electric vehicle sales in the United States is an interesting subject. Despite having well over 200 million licensed drivers, the number of those drivers that purchase electric vehicles is well below that of many countries worldwide. And while the United States did see a sharp increase in electric-vehicle registrations at the start of 2022, bringing EV share of the overall market up to a historic 4.6%, electric vehicles still account for a small portion overall compared with the rest of the world, which reached an 11% share in 2o22—and is light years behind the numbers that European countries such as Norway and Iceland put up. Electric vehicles comprise almost 80 percent of new vehicle sales in Norway, and in Iceland the number is a still respectable 60 percent.

The automobile market varies greatly from place to place within the U.S. itself. Californians buy more EVs than drivers in any other state, which also extends to plug-in hybrid and hybrid sales numbers. Market share for electric vehicles tends to be strongest in metropolitan areas, but the numbers drop sharply in less densely populated rural areas.

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