Some big news for those of you residing in California. The state has just announced that it’s moving to eliminate the sale of gasoline-powered cars and trucks. This follows Governor Gavin Newsom's issuance of an executive order requiring all new passenger vehicle sales to be zero-emission by the year 2035.
All this comes in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, fight climate change, and spur economic growth in the process. In a statement, the state stressed that the transportation sector accounts for over half of California’s carbon pollution, as well as 80% of smog-forming pollution and 95% of diesel emissions.
The state says that, if successful, banning 100% of gasoline-powered sales by 2035 will result in a 35% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the states, adding that it plans to partner with the private sector to improve infrastructure to support the initiative.
California is also looking to require medium- and heavy-duty vehicle operations to be emissions-free by 2045. What’s more, the executive order tasks agencies with further developing alternative modes of transport like rail and transit networks, as well as bike- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure.
“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma,” Newsom said in a statement.
“Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse—and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”
This move towards cleaner transport is hardly a rash one. The year 2035 is still a considerable way off, and authorities foresee the prices of zero-emission cars going down considerably before then.
“The upfront cost of electric vehicles are projected to reach parity with conventional vehicles in just a matter of years, and the cost of owning the car—both in maintenance and how much it costs to power the car mile for mile—is far less than a fossil fuel burning vehicle,” the state said.
This is definitely a good look in our book. Will any of you be affected by this move?