California decides on a ban on combustion engines

The US state of California has decided not to register new vehicles with combustion engines from 2035. Strictly speaking, the ban only refers to cars, but a footnote at least includes offroad bikes. From 2045 the ban will be extended to trucks.


Emission-free new vehicles and protection of existing vehicles

The new regulation only applies to vehicles being registered for the first time. There will be an inventory protection for vehicles that have already been registered, or have been registered before. Internal combustion engines will therefore not disappear from one day to the next, but the change will be clearly noticeable.

The resolution does not speak of motorcycles directly, which means that a new registration of motorcycles with combustion engines would also be possible in 2035 and beyond. However, motorcycles could still be included in the ban at a later date.


However, a footnote already includes vehicles intended for off-road use, which also includes motorcycles. These must be emission-free from 2035. Enduros, crossers and ATVs are affected, even if they are not driven on public roads within California.

It will take another 15 years to implement the directive, which gives manufacturers time to switch their program to zero-emission drives.


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