Grace Smith | September 1, 2022
California, the nation’s most populous state with the largest auto market, is banning the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The ban, issued by the California Air Resources Board on Aug. 25, aims to impact the fight against climate change. Transportation is California’s largest source of emissions, accounting for 40 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our state is on the frontlines of extreme weather, and we’re taking aggressive steps to protect Californians from the costs of climate change – transitioning away from the big polluters fueling this crisis and towards clean energy,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press release in May.
The ban requires 35 percent of cars and light trucks to be zero-emission, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-powered models by 2026. Right now, that number sits at 16 percent. By 2030, the number rises to 60 percent. And, by 2035, 100 percent of new vehicles will be zero-emission models.
The new rule introduces zero-emission vehicles, but still allows for gas-powered vehicle owners to utilize and sell their current cars.
With this new ban issued in California, 15 states are supporting the rule. States including Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New York may follow in California’s footsteps. Through trigger laws, new bills, and more, the states are also looking to transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035.