The New Climate Plan in California Has Inceptives Set to reduce Automobile Emissions

Climate Change

The state of California has the most stringent regulations on air quality in all of the United States of America. However, the provisions do not meet the threshold of a new law that commits to cut the Greenhouse emissions in California by half. Just this month, a plan to decarbonize the economy of the state has been approved by the California Air Resources Board.

The plan plans to cut the greenhouse emission in the state by over 40% from the levels that have been experienced since the 1990s. According to estimates done by the Board, the plan will save the California state government a total sum of $11 billion in damages that would have accrued from greenhouse gas emissions. The key to the Boards incentive is the design and mass production of fuel-efficient cars of the 21st century.

In the recent past, California authorities have approved and extended programs to the residents that would provide incentives to purchase zero-emission automobiles. The plan promotes the additional funding to shift to cleaner systems and the deployment of trucks that have zero emission of greenhouse gases. The program provides incentives worth $208 million which encourages bus fleets and trucks to be green in a bid to eliminate trucks that use diesel.

This move is set to encourage fleet owners to replace their current vehicles with the modern vehicles that use electricity as their mode of propulsion. Another incentive worth $190 million is committed to ensuring that freight operations are more fuel-efficient which means that they will release fewer greenhouse gases to the environment.

According to, More than 20 automobile manufacturers offer a contingent of over 60 engine models for low emission, zero emission and hybrid buses and trucks. has also reported that there is increased competition by Bus and truck companies who want to benefit from the $400 million emissions reduction incentive. Such program is set to encourage powertrains and electric trucks like the ones that have been produced by Tesla Inc., BYD Inc., and Cummins Inc. The price for electric and hybrid trucks is often 20% to 30% more than the conventional internal combustion engine trucks that use diesel.

The incentives are meant to offset the extra funding required for the purchase of hybrid and electric trucks. The motive is also set to offer incentives for those who wish to purchase trucks that use natural gas and other technologies that are environmentally friendly. Although the incentives are set to reduce carbon emissions in the automobile industry, the state of California is also committed to reducing carbon emission in other sections of the vast economy.