Regulators hope the change would inspire more drivers to purchase battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, but there are still some kinks to work out.
As part of its ambitious effort to address the climate catastrophe, California officials on Thursday decided to outlaw the sale of any new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.
The greatest emitters of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere are gasoline-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs.
According to California’s new regulation, by the year 2035, all new cars sold there must be completely gas-free. The California Air Resources Board also established a short-term objective of having 35% of newly sold cars produce zero emissions by 2026 and a long-term objective of 68% by 2030.
The usage of secondhand gasoline-powered automobiles and the purchase of such vehicles will still be permitted to drivers. The state also permits the sale of some new hybrid gas-electric automobiles.
According to The Associated Press, almost 16% of the automobiles sold in California in the first three months of this year were electric. According to the AP, California has given out more than $1 billion in rebates over the last 12 years for the sale of 478,000 electric, plug-in, or hybrid automobiles.
Access to electric charging stations must be made more widely available for the state to comply with the new rule’s criteria. The state will need to invest additional billions to create a completely dependable charging network, even though the $1 trillion infrastructure bill Congress passed last year includes earmarks to install charging stations every 50 miles along interstate routes. Gavin Newsom, the governor, has stated his intention to give low-income districts receiving new stations top priority.
If we concentrate on the significant, audacious efforts required to stop the flow of carbon pollution, the climate problem can be resolved, Newsom stated on Wednesday.
The restriction was enacted as extraordinary weather events brought renewed attention to the reliability of energy systems. However, other states are likely to follow the example California set.
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