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Can California Eliminate Gas Cars?

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by Anne C. Mulkern, ClimateWire  (Scientific American)  State leaders are discussing banning the sale of cars that run on gasoline or diesel  —  … Switching to all clean cars would require a herculean transformation in the Golden State. They accounted for less than 5 percent of car sales in the first six months of this year, even as the state offers plum incentives to motorists. Challenges include concerns about how far clean cars can travel and a lack of charging stations.

Lawmakers are also targeting gas and diesel cars. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D) plans to offer a bill phasing them out, introducing it when the Legislature convenes in January. The measure he’ll draft would ban dealers from selling them starting in 2040. The move is designed to increase the use of zero-emissions vehicles, or ZEVs: plug-in electrics, hybrid plug-ins and hydrogen fuel cell cars.

That raises the question, is it even possible to get rid of gasoline-powered cars? Experts said it depends on how much you believe technology could advance, how much battery costs might fall, and how the marketplace responds to a world with cheaper clean cars and more charging stations. For now, those are theoretical conditions.

Whether it can work “depends on what you’re willing to give up,” said Jeremy Michalek, director of the Vehicle Electrification Group at Carnegie Mellon University. “Right now, we don’t have good, affordable alternative solutions for all uses of automobiles.”

“The electric technology doesn’t offer the range to accomplish that,” Michalek added. Light-duty trucks would burn through an electric charge by hauling cargo. Fuel-cell vehicles could offer needed range, he said, but the refueling infrastructure doesn’t exist.

“In this sense, 2025 is possible, especially for small cars—but this does NOT mean the purchase cost is the same and definitely doesn’t mean larger cars, pickups, and SUVs will be competitive,” he (ARB member Dan Sperling) said.

Another challenge is time. It takes longer to charge an electric car than to fill up a gas tank. Maas said it can take between 30 minutes and two hours to top off a charge, compared with spending five minutes at a gas station.

“That’s a significant change in behavior,” he said.  READ MORE

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