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Gov. Newsom announces California will phase out gasoline-powered cars

Governor’s executive order states that new cars and passenger trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles by 2035

Sacramento, Calif.—Gov. Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he will aggressively move the state further away from its reliance on fossil fuels when he issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.

Following the order, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035. In addition, CARB will develop regulations to mandate that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles shall be 100-percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

To ensure needed infrastructure to support zero-emission vehicles, the order requires state agencies, in partnership with the private sector, to accelerate deployment of affordable fueling and charging options. It also requires support of new and used zero-emission vehicle markets to provide broad accessibility to zero-emission vehicles for all Californians. The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market.

By the time the new rule goes into effect, zero-emission vehicles are anticipated be cheaper and better than the traditional fossil fuel-powered cars. The upfront cost of electric vehicles are projected to eventually reach parity with conventional vehicles, and the cost of owning the car – both in maintenance and how much it costs to power the car mile for mile – is less than a fossil fuel burning vehicle.

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