California and Washington state governments have responded to climate change by announcing gas vehicle bans that will come into effect as early as 2030.
The bans in both states will affect the sale of new passenger cars and light trucks under 8,500 lbs. This will affect some Class B motorhomes and possibly smaller Class C motorhomes.
3/4 ton trucks and Class A RVs that run on gas or diesel will still be allowed at least until 2045.
The regulations are expected to decrease car and light truck emissions by 50%.
It's important to note that these laws affect the sale of NEW vehicles, not current ones.
People will still be able to buy, sell, and drive gas or diesel-powered cars manufactured before 2035.
Heavy-duty pickups won't be affected until 2045. Although the legislation doesn't expressly describe them, sales of new large ICE Class A RVs will probably be banned in 2045 too.
As state governments move to make zero-emission electric vehicles feasible for drivers, vehicle manufacturers of all types have been taking note.
"General Motors announced last year it will make only electric vehicles by 2035. Volkswagen has said 55% of its U.S. sales will be electric by 2030....Ford announced the company is on track to make more than 2 million electric vehicles by the end of 2026." - Paul Rogers. (August 25, 2022). Q&A: How will California’s ban on new gasoline cars affect me?
RV manufacturers have been toeing the waters of EV production to meet the ever-growing market for electric RVs.
As major RV manufacturers start to get their hands on larger electric chassis, we could see all-electric Class A motorhomes hitting the market within the next decade.
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