Newsom told a press conference the state was committing to a “firm goal” to phase out the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and was encouraging other states to take similar action.
Most of the electricity that is used for electric cars is produced in power-plants that use fuel and far more dangerous chemicals to produce the energy. It is true that electricity in the long run is less ‘polluting’ than gasoline but to the point of ruining a whole industry for the cause, at least not yet.
Newsom’s order labeled the elimination of gasoline-powered vehicles a “goal” and a “target” after his office said earlier his order would require the sale of nothing but zero emission passenger vehicles starting in 2035.
California is the largest US auto market, accounting for about 11 percent of all US vehicle sales, and many states choose to adopt its green vehicle mandates.
Newsom also wants the state legislature to stop issuing new permits by 2024 allowing use of hydraulic fracturing technology for oil and gas drilling.
California said it was joining 15 countries that have made similar pledges, including Britain.
California’s clean vehicle goals have not always come to pass and in some cases have been pushed back.
Newsom said the California Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035, which would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent. The board also plans to mandate by 2045 that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero emission where feasible.
Newsom’s executive order does not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market.
A group representing major automakers including General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen said “neither mandates nor bans build successful markets.”
The group noted electrified vehicles account for less than 10 percent of new vehicle sales in California, which is still best in the United States.
California and nearly two dozen other US states have sued the Trump administration, which has rolled back Obama era vehicle emissions standards and sought to undo California’s authority to set strict car pollution rules.
The administration has been waging a multi-pronged battle to counter California’s efforts to fight climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses from vehicles.
10% of the market to 100% in less than 15 years is near impossible, especially while the car companies are the ones in charge of producing the cars and they do not count only on California for their sales.