California to ban sale of new gasoline vehicles by 2035Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 24, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning the sale of new gasoline powered vehicles in the state by 2035.
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The governor's office said in a statement that the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80% of smog forming pollution and 95% of toxic diesel emissions.
Following the order, the California Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero emission by 2035 – a target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide.
In addition, the Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that all operations of medium and heavy duty vehicles shall be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.
To ensure needed infrastructure to support zero emission vehicles, the order requires state agencies, in partnership with the private sector, to accelerate deployment of affordable fueling and charging options.
It also requires support of new and used zero emission vehicle markets to provide broad accessibility to zero emission vehicles for all Californians. The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline powered cars or selling them on the used car market.
California will be leading the nation in this effort – joining 15 countries that have already committed to phase out gasoline powered cars and using our market power to push zero emission vehicle innovation and drive down costs for everyone. ■