California state regulators have approved the proposal to end the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.
California is the largest market of vehicles in the United States, including both traditional and electric vehicles. On Thursday (August 25, 2022), the state announced the most significant government action against fossil fuel yet— CARB Advanced Clean Cars II.
Transportation is the major emitter of GHG emissions in the United States, and the country's approach to regulating emission levels from the transportation sector substantially impacts the country's ability to reach its climate commitments. However, only a small portion of new cars sold in the US today are zero-emission vehicles. If the current consumption rate continues, roughly about a quarter of new cars sold in the US will be electric by 2035. This means sales must significantly pick up to meet the target goals.
As for California, the new regulation mandates that automakers reach certain junctures by switching to platforms specifically designed for battery-electric vehicles. The state is aiming for 2026 onwards models to make up 35% of zero-emission vehicles, eventually increasing to 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. Plug-in hybrids will make up 20% of zero-emission vehicles. However, used gasoline-powered vehicles will continue as regulations will take effect on them only in 2026.
California is the finest example of what can be accomplished when EVs are encouraged by the government. According to Alex Stack, a spokesperson for California Governor Gavin Newsom, there is no precise tally of how many states will enact the same suit but hopes that the majority will take action soon. So far, Massachusetts, Washington, and New York have submitted to enforcing the golden state's new regulations or have established targets to reform their auto markets.
California's CARB Advanced Clean Cars II to end the sale of gas & diesel powered vehicles by 2035 will face challenges, but it is a new moment in history that advances America's fight against climate change.
"This is the most important thing that CARB has done in the last 30 years. It's important not just for California, but it's important for the country and the world," said Daniel Sperling, a member of the California Air Resources Board, in a CNN report.
Fossil fuel vehicles have given millions of people easy access to economical transportation, but they have also incurred significant expenditures due to traffic congestion, fatalities, and emissions. It's time to create a modern transit system that is easily accessible, secure, and clean. California is serving as our guide.