Californians will still be able to buy gas powered cars after 2035. However, all new models that are sold in the future will not be California compliant and can only be bought by out-of-state residents.
With a goal to have all-electric California by 2035, there appears to be no stopping the progress of this grandiose plan. In an attempt to replace petroleum-powered vehicles, it may also lay down a foundation for cleaner air in LA.
The California Air Resources Board voted on this decision 2 years after Governor Gavin Newsom first directed regulators to consider it. This decision would reduce emissions from cars in half by 2040
California will continue to allow the sale of gas-powered cars beyond 2025, it’s just that new models won’t be allowed after that.
“This is a historic moment for California. And not just because we’re setting the standard here, but because other countries are watching,” chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board Liane Randolph said before the vote. “We know that this will help us as we set out on a path toward a zero-emission future,” she added.
The move is a controversial one and would open the floodgates for other states to follow suit. This policy still needs federal approval, which is considered likely to happen if Biden does win the election.
2035 is a significant year for the automotive industry, but out of 10% of Californian car sales in this time, only 5% will be hybrids and the other 5% will be fully electric.
California is claiming that their new policy is the most ambitious in the world. It will raise electric car sales over a period of 13 years and so on.
From 2026 the state will mandate that one-thrid of vehicles sold in CA must be emissions free. Automakers could be fined a whopping $20,000 per vehicle if they fail to do this.
16% of cars sold in California within the first three months of this year were electric.
Newsom has pledged to spend billions to boost zero-emission vehicle sales, including adding chargers in low-income neighbourhoods. The new rules approved by the California Air Resources Board say that the vehicles need to be able to travel at least 150 miles
Says Mary Nichols, former chair of the California Air Resources Board, “Driving an electric vehicle long distances today, even in California, requires careful planning about where to stop and charge.”
She implored that this change is not just about what’s happening in the auto industry.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla who specializes in electric cars, says that the entire world will have to find new ways to produce more electricity or else there won’t be half as many fossil fuel-driven cars on the road. Toyota is also aware of this fact and are looking for new renewable energies before things get worse.
Electric vehicles are great, but they could cost the US between $135 billion to $358 billion.
Current electric vehicles depend on lithium for their batteries, which store and use energy produced elsewhere. According to Statista’s survey, most lithium is mined overseas in countries like Chile, Australia and China. However, most of the batteries need to be manufactured locally. The U.S. is currently not one of the 10 top producing countries for lithium in the world and has only one processing facility. Innovation in this industry is crucial to ensuring its competitiveness around the globe.