By 2035, California will phase out gas-powered cars

by Hannah Turner
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According to Newsom, “the climate catastrophe is manageable if we concentrate on the big, bold initiatives required to halt the flow of carbon emissions.”

A first-of-its-kind regulation that will prohibit the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 has been approved by officials in California.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, proposed the 2035 ban through an executive order two years ago, according to the Xinhua news agency, which directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and other parties to determine how to implement the proposal.

Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

New regulations require automakers to hit milestones along the way. By 2026, his 35% of new cars in California must be zero-emission vehicles, rising to 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.

This rule does not affect used cars, which can stay on the road. The rules will not take effect immediately, but in 2026, CARB member Daniel Sperling said.

“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the bold and bold steps needed to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Newsom said Wednesday. Several states are expected to follow. Fifteen states, including Colorado and Minnesota, as well as states on the Northeast and West Coasts, have already followed California’s previous zero-emission vehicle regulations, according to a CNN repor

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