Beginning in 2030, California will require all light autonomous vehicles in the state to be emission-free. Signed Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom, it is the state’s latest effort to limit the sale of new internal combustion vehicles in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, Newsom signed an executive order that effectively provides for vehicles by 2035. That same year, the state required all new trucks sold in California to emit zero emissions by 2045.
“We are grateful for California’s leadership in ensuring this will be the industry standard,” Prashanthi Raman, head of global government affairs at Cruise, said in a statement to Engadget. “The audiovisual industry is poised to lead the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities, and that’s why we operated a fully electric, zero-emission fleet from the start. Cruise has supported the SB 500 as part of his involvement with the, a group that also includes.
According to the, the transportation sector has been the largest source of greenhouse emissions in the United States since 2019, with light vehicles accounting for more than half of that production. However, self-driving cars currently represent only a tiny fraction of the nearly 15 million vehicles on California roads. Additionally, and, two of the largest companies testing fully autonomous taxi services in the state, use fleets made up almost exclusively of and vehicles. This latest California initiative is therefore aimed at preventing autonomous vehicles from becoming major polluters in the future, especially if driverless taxi services become popular among commuters.
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