ON THE HOOD OF A FORD MUSTANG... Governor Newsom signs executive order stopping the sale of new gas powered cars by 2035 in California pic.twitter.com/zecNpGD19h— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) September 23, 2020
Newsom's decision to make California the first state to do so is a landmark environmental event that is expected to spread across the United States. California is the largest auto market in the U.S., and its emissions laws have governed the way automobiles are manufactured for decades.
The new rules, which came in the form of an executive order, will not affect existing gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles. Those will still be legal in California and can continue to be bought or sold as used cars.
Passenger cars emit 28% of all greenhouse gases in California, and the production and processing of gasoline and other fuels for them generates another 11% of the state's greenhouse gases. With regard to vehicles, Newsom's order is the most significant action he has taken to address climate change since becoming governor.
Under the new executive order, the air board will also write regulations to require that new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will be 100% zero-emission by 2045 “where feasible.”
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