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California Reveals Plan to Phase Out New Fossil-Fuel Cars by 2035

The state want’s to ban all new fossil-fuel cars by 2035, and now we have the details of the initial plan.

A new rule proposed by the California Air Resources Board will require 35% of passenger vehicles sold in the state to be powered by batteries or hydrogen by 2026. 

Treehugger reports that by 2030 that percentage will rise to 60% and by 2035, no new cars sold in California will be powered by fossil fuels. 

Governor Gavin Newsom says that the executive order to stop the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035 was the most impacting step in the state’s response to climate change. 

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“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. 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.”

The rule also says that new electric vehicles (EVs) must offer a minimum of 150 miles of range per charge by 2035, and come with an 8-year or 100,000-mile battery warranty. 

California is the largest auto market in the US, so this plan will force automakers to put more R&D into zero-emission vehicles. 

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.


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