Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:01

Order Bans Sale of New Gas-Powered Vehicles in CA in 2035

Written by Ted O’Neil, The Center Square


California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 23 signed an executive order calling for a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035.

Newsom’s order, which drew quick and harsh criticism from auto and other business groups, automakers and others, directs the California Air Resources Board to implement the phase out and would require new medium and heavy-duty trucks to be zero-emission by 2045. Newsom also called on state agencies to speed up the development of infrastructure for charging stations.


The order does not ban the ownership or use of vehicles with internal combustion engines beyond 2035 and they could still be sold on the used vehicle market. The Western States Petroleum Association estimates there are about 26 million gas-powered vehicles in California currently.


“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” Newsom said in announcing the executive order. “Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”


Newsom also said the change would spur innovation for automakers and drive down the cost of electric vehicles by creating a huge market. About 1.63 million new vehicles are expected to be sold in California this year, more than 10% of the roughly 11 million expected to be sold nationwide.


Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, responded by calling the decision a “radical step” that “makes no sense” and does not guarantee affordability for residents of one of the most expensive states in the country.

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