Mass. to require all new cars sold to be electric by 2035 as part of climate-change measures

Source: By Naomi Martin, Boston Globe • Posted: Monday, January 4, 2021

A Tesla electric vehicle (right) was charged in the parking lot of a Whole Foods in March. Governor Baker's administration announced it plans to mandate all new passenger cars sold to be electric by 2035.
A Tesla electric vehicle (right) was charged in the parking lot of a Whole Foods in March. Governor Baker’s administration announced it plans to mandate all new passenger cars sold to be electric by 2035.NYT

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration on Wednesday released a plan that will require the state to dramatically cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the next decade and beyond through a raft of changes, including by mandating that all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035.

Among the changes the state plans over the next decade: retrofitting 1 million homes to use electricity for heating instead of gas and oil, cutting commuters’ driving miles by 15 percent, and dramatically increasing offshore wind power generation.

The state’s new legally binding commitment to reduce the state’s carbon emissions to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 is among the most ambitious of such pledges by governments in the United States and the rest of the world. Achieving that milestone would put the state on track to reach “net zero” fossil-fuel emissions by 2050, a goal announced this year by Baker’s administration.

“The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities,” Baker said in a news release. “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.”

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