Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk among the politicians of some states about the conversion from fossil fuel powered vehicles to all electric vehicles.  The hope is that, as the price of these vehicles come down, more of the general population would adopt the use of them.

In fact, some states have put in place a timeline to make sure this change occurs.

According to a Harvard Gazette article, in August of 2022, the State of California enacted legislation that would ban the sale of new gas powered vehicles by 2035.  The goal, of course, is to limit the carbon emissions from the private transportation sector.

Now, it looks like Maine could soon be headed down the same road.  Although, it looks like the Maine version of the law would not be quite as extreme.  Well, at least not yet.

According to an article from The Maine Wire, the Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on proposed laws that would limit or ban the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles over the next few years.  The hearing is scheduled for 9 AM on Thursday, August 17th, 2023 and it will take place at the Augusta Civic Center.

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Tabea Schimpf / Unsplash

Following the meeting, the public will be able to comment on the proposed legislation through August 28th.

Keep in mind that, at least for now, the rules would not outright ban the sale of gas powered cars and trucks.  Instead, it would limit the percentage of fossil fuel powered vehicles (compared to EVs) that could be sold in the state each year.  The farther we go, the fewer gas powered vehicles can be sold.

For example, 43% of new vehicles sold in 2027 would need to be fully electric.  In 2032, that number would jump to 82%.

Also, there would be special rules for larger vehicles.  Tractor trailers, larger utility vehicles, etc.

You can read more HERE

Anyone who has a basic understanding of how our infrastructure, the economy, and the world in general, work will instantly see that this plan is not is simple as some would make it out to be.  However, we'll all just have to wait to see how it plays out.

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