California Governor Issues Order to Ban Sales of New Gas and Diesel-Powered Vehicles

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order (EO) on Wednesday requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the State be zero-emission by 2045.

“It shall be a goal of the State that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks will be zero-emission by 2035,” Gov. Newsom’s EO states. “It shall be a further goal of the State that 100 percent of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the State be zero-emission by 2045 for all operations where feasible and by 2035 for drayage trucks. It shall be further a goal of the State to transition to 100 percent zero-emission off-road vehicles and equipment by 2035 where feasible.”




 

In a statement, Gov. Newsom said the move to aggressively curb California’s carbon pollution was long-overdue.

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

According to Gov. Newsom’s EO, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will oversee the development of regulations and implementation of the new rules.




 

Specifically, CARB is tasked with developing and proposing:

A) Passenger vehicle and truck regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission vehicles sold in the State towards the target of 100 percent of in-state sales by 2035.

B) Medium- and heavy-duty vehicle regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission trucks and buses sold and operated in the State towards the target of 100 percent of the fleet transitioning to zero-emission vehicles by 2045 everywhere feasible and for all drayage trucks to be zero-emission by 2035.

C) Strategies, in coordination with other State agencies, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local air districts, to achieve 100 percent zero-emission from off-road vehicles and equipment operations in the State by 2035.

The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market.




 

In June, CARB unanimously adopted a first-in-the-world rule, known as the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation, requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.

Click HERE to read more about ACT.

In July, a coalition of 15 states signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging to ban all sales of new diesel-powered big rigs by 2050.

Click HERE to read more about the ban.

 


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