#Roommates, if you live in California, use the next 15 years to buy a new gas-powered car while you can. California Governor Gavin Newsom recently confirmed that the state plans to officially ban sales of all new gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
According to @NYTimes, California Governor Gavin Newsom is cracking down on the state’s increasing plans to fight global warming by officially banning sales of new gasoline-powered cars until 2035. The decision follows the state grappling with a deadly and fatal problem – record breaking forest fire season. The plan would only affect sales of new vehicles, the governor’s office said. Nor would it prevent Californians from owning internal combustion engine cars after 2035 or selling them in the used car market.
In his executive order, Governor Newsom directed California regulators to develop a plan that would require automakers to sell more zero-emission vehicles, such as battery-powered or hydrogen-powered cars and pickups, until those vehicles account for 100 percent of new car sales in the state over the next 15 Years. “This is the next big global industry. And California wants to dominate it, ”Governor Newsom said at a press conference earlier this week.
The plan would also set a goal for all heavy trucks on the California road to be as zero-emission as possible by 2045. The order is instructing state transportation agencies to look for short-term measures to reduce Californians’ reliance on driving by expanding access to local transit and cycling.
California faces an uphill battle, however, as only 8% of the nearly two million passenger cars sold nationwide last year were battery-electric or plug-in hybrids.
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