California to ban sales of new gas-powered vehicles starting in 2035

California is set to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles – a far-reaching policy that is expected to reverberate across the rest of the country and around the world.

On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board will release new rules that were first put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020, which would require 100% of new cars sold in the state to be carbon-free, according The New York Times.

The rule would be phased in over time, with 35% of new passenger vehicles sold by 2026 and 68% by 2030. California says more than 16% of new car sales were “zero vehicles emission” in 2022, compared to 12.41% last year. and 7.78% in 2020.

California’s position on new car sales is extremely consequential given the state’s status as the flagship of air quality regulations. To date, 14 other states have adopted its progressive zero-emissions vehicle program for passenger vehicles, which began in the early 1990s and spurred automakers to develop hybrid and all-electric cars. California is also one of the largest car sales markets in the world, with nearly 15 million vehicles registered on the road and 1.85 million new vehicle registrations in 2021.

If those states follow California in establishing similar rules banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles, then one-third of the U.S. auto market could potentially shift to zero-tail-emission vehicles only.

It was Newsom’s latest move to restrict the sale and use of internal combustion engine vehicles as part of a broader effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, the governor signed two executive orders: one requiring all commercial trucks and vans sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2045 and another requiring only the sale of zero-emission passenger vehicles. by 2035. Last year, Newsom signed the law. a bill that would require all lightweight autonomous vehicles to be zero emissions from 2030.

It will be interesting to see how the California rules overlap with the climate provisions of the Cut Inflation Act, in particular the new tax credits aimed at encouraging sales of electric vehicles and the national supply chain.


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