California may join the growing list of places where vehicles power by internal combustion engines will soon be no longer welcome. China is the principle driver of the idea. With the largest new car market in the world, it carries tremendous clout . But France, the UK, and India are also beating the drum for a ban on cars powered by internal combustion engines.
Mary Nichols is head of the California Air Resources Board. She says she is getting “love notes” from governor Jerry Brown asking why California is not following China’s lead by starting to plan for the demise of conventional cars with internal combustion engines. “I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’” Nichols told Bloomberg in an interview on September 22. “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”