Jaguar I-Pace EVs at Weimo's San Francisco plant California to ban sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035
By 2035, US's most populous state will ban sales of new combustion-powered vehicles
California on Thursday set out to put an end to the era of gasoline-powered cars. The local air quality regulator has adopted the world's strictest zero-emissions vehicle regulations.
The decision by the California Air Resources Board to require all new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs to be electric or hydrogen by 2035 is likely to change the US auto market, 10% of which comes from the country's most populous state.
< p>Such a radical transformation would require at least 15 times as many car chargers across the state, a more reliable power grid, and enough vehicles that people of all income levels can afford.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom two years ago called on state regulators to ban gas-powered vehicles by 2035 as part of California's policy to reduce pollution and combat climate change. If the idea works as intended, California will cut car emissions in half by 2040.
Other states are expected to follow suit, further accelerating the production of zero-emission cars.
The states of 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 exhaust emissions standards, which are stricter than federal regulations.
In June, the European Parliament supported a plan to effectively ban the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles in 27 countries of the European Union by 2035, and in the same year Canada will introduce the sale of zero-emission vehicles only.