Gavin Newsom declared on September 23rd that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state will be zero-emission by 2035. The main aim is to curb the carbon emissions in the state that is popular for the climate change crisis. The Governor also mentioned that carbon pollution is basically because of the transportation sector.
This announcement was followed by the wildfire that Californians have experienced, which was as per the scientists due to climate change. This is going to be a massive step for the state to contain the carbon emission. The Governor also added that cars shouldn’t be the reason for giving asthma, smoky air, wildfires and any kind of life-threatening calamities.
The order associates only to the sale that will happen after this announcement. It would not stop Californians from driving or owning gasoline-powered cars, or selling or buying them on the used car exchange, according to the announcement.
It is not yet clear how the law will be implemented and how the California Air Resources Board is charged regarding this. The board is also expanding regulations that would need all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to run emissions-free by 2045 “where feasible.” However, the order stays at 2035 for harbor shipping operations vehicles.
For the order to be carried out, the release said California state agencies would partner with the private sector to expand the infrastructure to establish what would likely amount to the more extensive usage of electric vehicles, such as more charging stations everywhere in the state.
The order is a brave move that would support the lead of several cities, states and countries around the world. California would be the U.S. state to execute such a policy.
In a press conference about the order yesterday, Newsom’s staff also referred to the private sector developments as stated by CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday. There will be a focus on more efficient batteries and in next 3-4 years significantly reduce the costs of electric vehicles.