California bans sales of gasoline cars by 2035

All new cars sold in California must be “zero-emission” pollutants by 2035 at the latest, according to a law to be adopted this week in the state at the forefront of the country’s energy transition.

The measure, to be debated Thursday by the California Air Quality Board (CARB), would formalize the goals set in September 2020 by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and should encourage other states to follow suit.

The project, which has a “99.9%” chance of approval, according to CARB member Daniel Sperling, who spoke to CNN, provides for various stages. Both diesel and petrol vehicles are targeted.

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Thus, by 2026, one-third of car sales in California must be “zero-emission” vehicles, in other words, only vehicles that run on electricity, hydrogen and certain hybrids, and both must be one-third of sales in 2030.

California Governor Gavin Newsom during a press conference at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, California, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

“It’s monumental,” Mr. Sperling said. “This is the most important thing the California Air Quality Bureau has done in the last 30 years. This is important not only for California, but for the country and the world.”

With more than 40 million consumers, California is the largest market in the United States, and its standards affect production across the country.

General Motors already announced in January 2021 its intention to no longer build cars with polluting emissions by 2035, although the group has not openly committed to offering only electric vehicles in 13 years.

The most likely passage of the California measure is expected to come as President Joe Biden last week signed a comprehensive climate and health investment plan, which includes a $370 billion package to reduce emissions. the greenhouse effect by 40% by 2030.

In recent years, many countries, especially in Europe, have tried to limit pollution from the car sector.

The United Kingdom, Singapore and Israel have committed to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and Norway has made this commitment for 2025.

According to scientists, human activity, especially the use of fossil fuels, has led to global warming, which in turn has contributed to making extreme weather events more frequent and more violent.

One of the solutions to combat this global warming therefore consists in limiting polluting emissions from fossil fuels.

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