If commitments made by 13 governments on December 3 are fulfilled, the last gas-guzzling (or by then, let’s hope, gas-sipping) cars will roll off showroom lots and into history in the province of Quebec, as well as several more influential vehicle markets, sometime late in 2049.
California, a state with roughly as many cars as Canada, spearheaded the international initiative that will require all new passenger vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2050. In addition to California and Quebec, market giants Germany and the United Kingdom as well as the state of New York have signed on to the commitment.
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“Cleaner vehicles will help California and the world combat the threat of climate change,” California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez said in making the announcement. Other members of the new alliance are: Norway, the Netherlands, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.