California to End the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars By 20352

California Has a Complete Electric Vehicle Strategy

According to The Sacramento Bee, a California regulatory body approved rules on Thursday that will prevent the sale of only gas-powered cars in the state after 2035.

 

By 2026, 35% of vehicles sold in California must be electric, according to regulations that were approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to the outlet, all vehicles would have to be electric by 2035.

 

In addition, car manufacturers can be fined $20,000 per vehicle for breaking the rules.

 

The vote was anticipated because, as the newspaper pointed out, Governor Gavin Newsom controls a majority of the board and, in 2020, he issued an executive order requiring all cars sold in California to be upemission-free by 2035.

 

However, it was still a groundbreaking move: California, a frequent green leader, is expected to become the first state to outlaw the sale of gas-powered cars.

 

Daniel Sperling, a member of CARB and the founding director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, told the Bee that “this is transformative.”

 

In the Golden State, you can continue to drive a gas-guzzler. But as the outlet pointed out, it will get more difficult to do so.

 

The implementation of these rules will undoubtedly present difficulties for the state. The paper noted two issues: first, there are probably not enough electric charging stations in the state, and second, it might be more difficult for those with lower incomes to purchase EVs.

 

According to Reuters, there are about 43,000 electric charging stations in the United States. According to Electrek, the cost of an electric car is $66,000 on average.