Proclaiming solidarity to the fight against climate change, the California government decided to ban sales of Gasoline cars by the end of 2035. California becomes the world’s first government to take this drastic decision. They say only zero-emission vehicles or a few plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) will offer for sale new in California.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously voted for the Advanced Clean Cars II. According to the Advanced Clean Cars II Áct, 100% of new cars and light trucks sold in California will be Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by 2035. The plan to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles was first announced in sept 2020 by the governor of California, Gavin Newsom. The work to implement the rule will start soon.
“Once again, California is setting an example for the rest of the country and the world by making laws for ZEV sales. Rapidly increasing the number of ZEVs on our roads and highways would cause significant emission and pollution reductions for all Californians. Particularly those who live near highways and suffer from air pollution.” stated CARB Chair Liane Randolph.
Environmentalists, health organisations, and some trade groups all backed the efforts to reduce greenhouse gases during the hearing, though they worry about the affordability and accessibility of electric vehicles.
Households wishing to purchase EVS benefit from funds from the recently enacted climate and tax law, the Inflation Reduction Act (Public Law 117-169), with tax credits of up to US$7,500 dependent on income.