California to ban gas-powered car sales by 2035
An executive order signed by California Governer Gavin Newsom will outlaw the sale of all new internal combustion passenger vehicles by 2035
California has long had an association with being at the forefront of EV and clean-air legislation within the United States, and although seemingly radical, the Governer's recent decision to ban the sale of ICE (internal combustion engine) cars after 2035 comes as no surprise.
For the past five years, we've been hearing 'pledges' from automakers and governments alike as they promised to either "fully electrify their lineup" or to ban the sale of non-hybrid/EV passenger vehicles.
However, most of these announcements are usually little more than large-scale publicity stunts to qualm the fears of environmentalists and their lobbyists.
"This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," the governor 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."
A spokesman for the Institute for Energy Research (a think tank which often sides with 'big-oil'"), however, called the Governor's announcement "another silly distraction from real problems."
"Driving cars is not what causes forest fires or makes them worse," said David Kreutzer, a senior economist at the Institute for Energy Research. "If people want to drive electric cars, they'll buy them. You don't have to eliminate the competition."
We have yet to see if California's recent announcement is yet more political manipulation. But regardless, this is still a notable development as Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are famous for their car culture.
And although the executive order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom is the most aggressive clean-vehicle policy in the United States, it does not ban the sale or ownership of ICE vehicles made before 2035.