Washington bans the sale of ICE cars from 2030
Hybrids are also concerned
While the United States plans to move away from ICE cars by 2040, the city of Seattle in Washington State has decided to get a head start by shortening the deadline by ten years. The decision has been made to ban the sale of new combustion and hybrid cars from 2030.
The "Clean Cars 2030" plan has been validated, making Washington State the first to ban combustion and hybrid cars from its territory, while California and Massachusetts have made the decision for 2035. From the next decade, only electric and hydrogen cars will be allowed to be sold in local dealerships.
There will be exceptions, however. Washington is aware that emergency vehicles cannot yet adopt such technologies for obvious efficiency and safety reasons. On the other hand, commercial vehicles over 4.5 tonnes will also be spared from this future regulation.
A road use tax will also be introduced at this time to replace the fuel tax. Each motorist will pay an amount according to the distance travelled in the year in the State, with multiplying coefficients proportional to the mass of each vehicle.
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