California Gas Car Ban Planned for 2035

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 23, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that by 2035, sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles will end in the state.

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Newsom signed an executive order instructing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish a zero-emission mandate for all new passenger vehicles sold in the state starting in 2035. Additionally, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles would need to meet the zero-emission mandate by 2045. The order does not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered vehicles beyond 2035, or from selling them on the used car market.

“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Governor Newsom, in a statement. “For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”

Transportation accounts for more than half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the state. This action, according to Newsom, could reduce them by 35%. The order also requires state agencies and the private sector to accelerate support for zero-emissions vehicles through affordable hydrogen fueling and battery charging options. California joins 15 countries around the world that have already enacted similar mandates.

Electric vehicles (EVs), such as the all-new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, are becoming more widely available and more affordable. Additionally, maximum driving range is improving, as claimed for the new Lucid Air luxury car. California is also investing in its hydrogen refueling station infrastructure, making fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) such as the Hyundai Nexo more viable.

By the time California’s new mandate goes into effect 15 years from now, the cost of EVs and FCEVs will drop and the convenience of driving EVs and FCEVs will rise.

The information in this article is from the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom. It was accurate on September 23, 2020, but may have changed since that date.


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