California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035
California state authorities on Thursday set a course to end the era of gasoline-powered cars. The local clean air regulator adopted the world’s most stringent rules for switching to zero-emission vehicles.
The California Air Resources Board’s decision to make all new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs electric or hydrogen by 2035 will likely change the U.S. auto market, 10% of whose sales come from the nation’s most populous state.
Such a radical transformation would require at least 15 times as many vehicle chargers across the state, a more reliable energy system and enough vehicles that people of all income levels could afford.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom two years ago urged state regulators to ban gasoline-powered cars by 2035, part of California’s policy to reduce pollution and fight climate change. If the idea works as intended, California would cut emissions from cars in half by 2040.
Other states are expected to follow suit, further accelerating the production of zero-emission vehicles.
State authorities in Washington and Massachusetts have already said they will follow California’s lead. New York and Pennsylvania are among 17 states that have adopted some or all of California’s existing emissions standards, which are stricter than federal rules.
In June, the European Parliament supported a plan to effectively ban the sale of gasoline and diesel cars in the 27 countries of the European Union by 2035, and Canada will introduce the sale of zero-emission vehicles exclusively in the same year.