Massachusetts state officials announced a plan to ban the sale of new vehicles powered by gasoline and other fossil fuels in the state by 2035.
The announcement is part of the state’s 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap, a plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal put in place by the state’s Republican governor, Charlie Baker.
The plan will not prevent the sale of used cars powered by gasoline, but will prevent the sale of new cars powered by that and other fossil fuels.
The plan could drastically reduce that state’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, transportation emissions account for 42% of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions, with light-duty vehicles alone responsible for 27% of emissions.
Massachusetts is the second state to announce a future ban on the sale of new fossil fuel-powered vehicles. In September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state would also require all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035.