California Votes to Ban Gas Car Sales By 2035

Yesterday, air regulators in California voted to approve a set of rules that would ban the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035. The measure is one of the first such bans worldwide and in the United States. In addition to banning gasoline vehicles, the new rules would also set interim quotas for zero-emission vehicles. Beginning with 2026 models, 35% of new cars, SUV’s and small pickup trucks sold in California will be required to be zero-emission vehicles. That quota will increase each year and is expected to reach 51% of all new car sales in 2028, 68% in 2030 and 100% in 2035. The quotas will also allow 20% of zero-emission cars sold to be plug-in hybrids. The ruling will not impact used vehicles and rules will not go into effect until 2026.