Tesla Inc. is proffering a decidedly various take on the coronavirus-associated shutdowns CEO Elon Musk identified as “fascist” and sued more than months in the past by suggesting they may bolster the circumstance for banning inside-combustion engine vehicles.

In its 2019 Effect Report released Monday, Tesla pointed to sharp improvements in air top quality in recent months tied to restrictions on enterprise and vacation aimed at made up of the spread of COVID-19. The company claimed the drop in air pollution could embolden governments that currently have been building options to inevitably ban autos that run on fossil fuels.

“It is not tricky to envision that many towns could grow to be electric-only in the near foreseeable future as they begin to witness the influence that ICE autos have on air top quality,” Tesla claimed in the report.

Tesla’s rosy view is steady with the Strength Information and facts Agency’s forecast in April that emissions from vehicles, energy plants and other resources may fall seven.5 percent this year as a consequence of individuals sheltering at dwelling. But it is a 180-diploma switch from remarks its CEO created when feuding with California officials more than reopening the company’s lone U.S. automobile plant.

“This is fascist. This is not democratic, this is not flexibility,” Musk claimed on Tesla’s initial-quarter earnings call in April. In May possibly, he threatened to relocate the carmaker’s headquarters and go its manufacturing out of California before flouting a local wellbeing order and restarting manufacturing. Tesla has due to the fact dropped its lawsuit versus Alameda County, where by its vehicle factory is found.

Many European towns have moved to curb use of diesel autos in the wake of revelations that Volkswagen Group rigged its engines to conceal emission of destructive pollutants. It’s now unlawful to travel some diesel vehicles in Madrid, Paris or Brussels, when Germany has banned more mature diesel autos. In the U.K., Bristol will impose a total metropolis middle ban setting up subsequent year.

In the U.S., Seattle options to ban product sales of combustion vehicles by 2030. California released draft legislation in late 2018 to get rid of fossil fuel-burning autos statewide by 2040. Other states have comparable options from 2050.