California Pulls the Plug on Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars

By Paul Riegler on 24 September 2020
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The state of California will effectively ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles by the year 2035 as it attempts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

Governor Gavin Newsome issued an executive order Wednesday that bans the sale of new petrol-powered vehicles in trucks after a 15-year phase out period.  Older such vehicles will still be allowed to be sold on the used-car market.

“Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air,” the governor said in a statement. “Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”

“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” he said.

Despite the image that most Californians drive hybrids and EVs, the numbers tell a different story: Last year, the number of zero-emission EVs that were sold in the state was less than 8% of the total.

The move comes two years after then Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that would create 250,000 EV charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations across the state by 2025.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)