California to end sales of new gas-powered cars
Governor’s order requires zero-emission vehicles by 2035
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.
His plan would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people.
“Pull away from the gas pumps,” Newsom said. “Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets.”
California is the world’s fifthlargest economy, and Californians account for more than one out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. — market clout that means Newsom’s order could have a huge impact on the country’s auto industry and the global effort to reduce pollution and combat climate change.
California already has rules mandating a certain percentage of new car sales must be electric or zero-emission vehicles. This rule, if implemented, would make California the first U.S. state with a plan to phase them out completely.
At least 15 other countries have already made similar commitments, including Germany, France and Norway.
Tailpipe exhaust from cars, pickups, tractor-trailer rigs and other transportation are the single largest source of air pollution. Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at the Edmunds. com auto pricing site, said Newsom’s announcement “does seem like this is a significant shot fired against” the internal combustion engine.
She expects the California announcement to trigger highlevel meetings at all the auto companies, which were moving toward electric vehicles but didn’t expect a zero-emissions mandate in 15 years. Automakers may have to rethink manufacturing and capital spending plans because of the mandate, she said.
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents most automakers including Ford, which Newsom lauded for its antipollution efforts, said that although the industry is committed to more electric vehicles and will work with California, markets can’t be built with mandates and bans.
CEO John Bozzella called for combined efforts involving local, state and federal governments as well as the auto industry and other businesses.
“It will require increased infrastructure, incentives, fleet requirements, building codes, and much more,” Bozzella said in a statement.
Cars move through traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles on April 16. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday that the state will halt sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.