California is expected to ban the sale of new gasoline vehicles by 2035 as the state takes dramatic steps to reduce emissions and combat the climate emergency.
In a vote on Aug. 25, state regulators are expected to approve a plan to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars over the next 13 years in America’s largest auto market. The Guardian reports the move is being hailed as a major victory that could point the way forward for others.
The vote comes two years after the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued an executive order requiring the sale of new cars to be zero-emission. The order also requires all medium and heavy-duty trucks be 100% zero-emission by 2045 “where feasible.”
Newsom’s order makes California the first state in the U.S. — a country driven by its automotive industry — to implement such a plan. At least 15 other countries including the United Kingdom, France and Germany, have made similar pledges. As in the other countries, Californians can still own gas-powered cars and sell them on the used-car market under the order.
In 2021, only 12% of new cars sold in California were zero-emission, according to Carb. The new rule would require the state reach 35% of sales by 2026, 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. It would not affect cars that are already on the road.
General Motors has said it plans to sell only electric vehicles by 2035.
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