In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the state of California plans to impose a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035.
The restriction will take effect on Thursday. It is supported by a California Air Resources Board regulation mandating that by 2035, all new cars sold in the state must be 100% emission-free.
“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” The New York Times quotes California Governor Gavin Newsom as saying.
The idea is in response to Mr. Newsom’s executive order from 2020, which called for the phase-out of new cars with internal combustion engines within 15 years.
The regulation established a temporary goal, requiring that by 2026, 35% of new passenger vehicles sold in the state will have zero emissions. By 2030, the aim would climb to 68 per cent.
The U.S. Clean Air Act gives California the ability to set vehicle emissions regulations, and automakers like Toyota have acknowledged this. California has the largest auto market in the country.
“Toyota continues to share the vision of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and carbon neutrality goals with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the State of California,” Toyota tweeted on Tuesday.
The clean car laws of California have been adopted by 17 states, including New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Canada, Britain, France, Spain, and Denmark have all established goals for the phase-out of new fuel-powered car sales between 2030 and 2040.