California made a big announcement on Wednesday, with the announcement that new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks will be banned in 2035. The move is the latest effort by the state to increase the adoption of electric vehicles and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” Governor Gavin Newsom stated. “For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your kids asthma … Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”
This is big news for the automotive industry, since California is the largest U.S. auto market, since it accounts for 11.7% of all U.S. vehicle sales.
Newsom stated that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will mandate that 100% of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission vehicles by 2035, which will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. The board also plans to mandate that all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero emission by 2045.