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ZEV: 30 countries, 6 automakers plan to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2040

*Leading automobile manufacturers and various governments welcome fresh opportunities for clean growth, green jobs and public health benefits from improving air quality, and the transition to boost energy security

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Automakers and countries around the world, one after another, are stepping up to say they will phase out sales of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2040.

ConsumerConnect gathered the number grew dramatically Wednesday, November 10, 2021, when six automobile manufacturers and 30 countries officially added their names to the list during international Climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland.

Some leading automobile brands

Automakers that recently agreed to the climate initiative include Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover, Bolivian electric car company Quantum Motors, and Volvo, according to report.

Ford and General Motors, in particular, are taking the Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) notion seriously.

Commissioner Tremaine Phillips of the Michigan Public Service Commission told SmartCitiesDive, that both carmakers are planning a bevy of new ZEV models “because they see they will lose market share if they don’t.”

Phillips stated: “Those automakers have committed to a decades-long, billion-dollar transition, which tells me the vehicles are coming.”

Several countries agree to phase out gas-powered automobiles

Meanwhile, on the government side of the matter, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Poland have also agreed to phase out gas-powered vehicles.

Forty municipalities, states, and regional governments also added their name to the list. Those signing on to the initiative include Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Barcelona, Dallas, New York City, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, and the states of California, New York, and Washington, agency report said.

The various governments said in their declaration: “Together, we welcome the new opportunities for clean growth, green jobs and public health benefits from improving air quality; and that this transition could also boost energy security and help balance electricity grids as we make the transition to clean power,”

The collective said it’s going to work as a unit and help others out like Turkey, Kenya, and Mexico, “so that no country or community is left behind.”

Report also indicates some of the “leading markets” promised to honour their commitment by 2035, and fleet owners and operators like Uber said they would work towards 100 percent of their car and van fleets being zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

Who’s missing?

However, the exceptions to the list are glaring, and on the automaker side, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Nissan-Renault have not committed to eliminating gas-powered vehicles.

Toyota and VW’s lack of commitment is interesting since those companies had made it a point to trumpet their support of electric vehicles earlier this year, according to report. VW had announced that it was going all-electric by 2030, and Toyota said it was making a major investment in electric vehicles.

Nonethe;ess, three major countries, including the US, China, and Japan, also abstained from signing on, possibly because Toyota, VW and Nissan all have factories in those countries.

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