Last September, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to end the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. In response, California regulators have introduced a proposal to ban the manufacture of new gas-powered cars. It is expected to be voted on in August. If approved, it would be enacted in different stages–35% of new passenger vehicle sales be powered by batteries or hydrogen by 2026, and 100% of sales to be net-zero emissions by 2035.
However, it is important to remember that this does not mean the end of gas-powered vehicles as the proposal wouldn’t apply to sales of used cars nor would it be illegal to own them.
Impact of Banning the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars
If approved, this measure would be the first of its kind in the country. It will have a considerable impact because California accounts for about 11% of all new passenger car sales, the highest for any state. In addition, the approval is expected to benefit the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing industry. Ride-hailing companies that want to transition to the EV framework will also benefit. Environmental activists have also hailed the initiative as it will lead to a decrease in harmful emissions. This is particularly telling because gasoline and diesel fuel-powered vehicles are California’s most significant cause of greenhouse gasses and smog.
Overall, this should lead to a better and more sophisticated EV infrastructure with more charging stations all across the state. At the moment, California is lagging behind on that front. Currently, there are about 70,000 charging stations in California. However, nearly 1.2 million chargers will be needed by 2030.
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