Several news outlets are reporting on this story this week:
- The Hill: "Massachusetts to require 100 percent of car sales to be electric by 2035"
- Car and Driver Magazine: "Massachusetts to Ban Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035"
- The Boston Globe: "Mass. to require all new cars sold to be electric by 2035 as part of climate-change measures"
Several of these reports reference a plan released by the governor's office: "Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap" (pdf). This is not legislation or an executive order, and even if it were, it doesn't appear to say anything about vehicle sales in 2035.
Digging deeper, a press release from the governor's office accompanying release of the plan does include this paragraph (emphasis added):
The transportation sector highlights a renewed focus on the deployment of electric vehicles with new, nation-leading state and regional programs including the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program. Building on that progress, Massachusetts will join California in requiring that by 2035, 100% of new light-duty vehicles sold in the Commonwealth are zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) support the continued build-out of statewide charging infrastructure, including additional consumer incentives for residential EV charging systems.
There are obviously some words missing between "(ZEVs)" and "support," but again, not enough to explain how this requirement will be implemented. The press release only references the plan, and there is no mention of legislation, an executive order, what office will be working on this, or where to find more detail.
Is there more detail somewhere? How will the Mass. government implement a ban on sales of non-zero emitting vehicles?