California will bar the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks starting in 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced Wednesday.
The move is a bold step for the largest U.S. auto market. California already has aggressive climate change goals and zero-emissions transportation goals, but this would be the first ban on internal combustion engines within the United States.
More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, have already made similar commitments to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars.
Transportation represents more than 50% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, Newsom said on Wednesday before signing the executive order. The governor added that the state won’t be able to achieve its goal of a carbon-free economy by 2045 without accelerating actions to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.
Newsom said the move to bar internal combustion engines is an economic opportunity for California, which alone has 34 manufacturers of electric cars.
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