California to ban sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 23, 2020

The order further explicitly states that the COVID-19 pandemic should be viewed as an opportunity to reshape the California economy in line with environmentalists' goals, claiming that "the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the entire transportation sector, bringing a sharp decline in demand for fuels and adversely impacting public transportation", and "as our economy recovers, we must accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral future that supports the retention and creation of high-road, high-quality jobs".

The move also comes as Newsom is under increased pressure from activists to do more to halt oil and gas drilling in the state. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement.

The move is the first of its kind for a U.S. state, however it's not an entirely unique idea.

California's clean vehicle goals have not always come to pass and in some cases have been pushed back.

The California Air Resources Board will also be tasked with drafting regulations to do the same with medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

"This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change", Newsom said in a statement announcing his executive order.

Newsom's executive order does not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used vehicle market.

A group representing major automakers including General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen AG said "neither mandates nor bans build successful markets".

The group noted electrified vehicles account for less than 10% of new vehicle sales in California, which is still best in the United States.

California and almost two dozen other US states have sued the Trump administration, which has rolled back Obama era vehicle emissions standards and sought to undo California's authority to set strict auto pollution rules.

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