California to stop sales of gas-powered cars by 2035

Marco Green
September 24, 2020

And in recent years, officials have floated the idea of banning gas-powered vehicle sales entirely.

Newsom's order labeled the elimination of gasoline-powered vehicles a "goal" and a "target" after his office said earlier his order would require the sale of nothing but zero emission passenger vehicle starting in 2035.

With the initiative, California is joining fifteen countries that have already committed to phasing out gas-powered cars, according to a statement.

He concluded, "This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change". Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. "Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines".

California to ban sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles in 2035
California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign executive order banning the sale of all gas-powered cars in the state by 2035

California is the largest auto market in the United States, accounting for just over 11 percent of all new vehicle sales in 2019.

The new order would be a huge boost for electric vehicles, and vehicles using alternative fuels like hydrogen, and could boost a sector that's already surging in California.

After the order, the California Air Resource Board will develop regulations that will mandate 100 percent of sales of passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035. The board also plans to mandate by 2045 that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero emission where feasible. As Newsom's executive order outlining the new rules notes, existing internal combustion vehicles will still be perfectly legal to own, operate, buy, and sell within the state. "Across the entire spectrum, our goals are inadequate to the reality we are experiencing", he said on September 11 while touring a burned area in the state. The order further explicitly states that the COVID-19 pandemic should be viewed as an opportunity to reshape the California economy in line with environmentalists' goals, claiming that "the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the entire transportation sector, bringing a sharp decline in demand for fuels and adversely impacting public transportation", and "as our economy recovers, we must accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral future that supports the retention and creation of high-road, high-quality jobs".

Newsom's statement also bullishly predicts, "By the time the new rule goes into effect, zero-emission vehicles will nearly certainly be cheaper and better than the traditional fossil fuel powered cars".

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