California on Thursday approved a set of rules that ban the sale of new cars with gasoline engines by 2035 as part of the fight against climate change, which is expected to drive changes in the US automotive industry.
The California Air Resources Board voted today in favor of a set of rules that will require 100% of cars sold in the state by 2035 are free of fossil fuel emissions.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said Wednesday that “the climate crisis can be solved if we focus on the big and bold steps needed to stem the tide of carbon pollution”. In September 2020, Newsom signed an executive order that laid out the ambitious 2035 targets in his plan to eliminate fossil fuel emissions, one of the main drivers of global warming.
“It’s the action we must take if we’re serious about leaving this planet better for future generations,” Newsom said. Lauren Sanchez, climate adviser to the governor, called the passage “a great day not only for California but for the entire world.” ”.
The mission, he said, is to “get the state away from oil,” according to the Los Angeles Times. The approved provisions also establish that 35% of new passenger vehicles sold in the state by 2026 produce zero emissions. That requirement will rise to 68% by 2030.
The rules would not affect used vehicles and would allow them to remain on the roads. The mandate also does not cover all road transport. Heavy trucks with diesel fuel engines will have until 2045 to comply Enforcement of these rules is expected to impact the US auto industry, as California is the largest auto market in the country, with around 11% of all sales. Predictably, it will also encourage other states to emulate the measures.
In the past, more than a dozen states have followed initiatives taken in California regarding the environment and the transportation sector. Newsom has said this is the “most effective step” California can take, which is facing severe drought exacerbated by the climate crisis and has seen the number of large fires grow in recent yearsleaving great losses in human lives and money.
The rules must be approved by the federal government. The approval of the rule package comes a week after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which will invest 370,000 million dollars in clean energy programsthe largest action taken by the federal government to combat climate change.