California to End Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 26, 2022


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On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to approve Governor Newsom’s plans, first announced in 2020.

Zero-Emission California

Gasoline-powered vehicles are now approaching a curtain call, at least in California. 

On Thursday, the state’s air regulators ruled that all new cars sold there must be electric or plug-in hybrids from 2035. In essence, the United State’s most populous state will ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars from that year.

This landmark move is one of the first such measures globally. Its implications are expected to be wide-reaching, with other states anticipated to make similar decisions in the future. 

Already, at least fifteen states have adopted California’s earlier zero-emission requirements. They include New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

“This is a historic moment for California, for our partner states, and for the world as we set forth a path toward a zero-emission future,” said CARB Chair Liane Randolph.

Electric vehicles are among the biggest emerging technologies of recent years. For instance, Elon Musk’s Tesla had sold close to 3 million units by 2022

The new rules will mandate automakers to produce energy-efficient vehicles at a faster rate from 2026.

There will be interim quotas for vehicles made that year. 35% of new cars, SUVs, and small pickups will have to be zero-emission. That rate will increase each year, with 51% by 2028 and 68% by 2030, until it reaches 100% in 2035.



Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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