California Declares Radical Goal of Only Selling Zero-Emission Cars by 2035

The state joins a list of 15 countries with similar environmentally-focused goals.
Fabienne Lang

In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move towards electric vehicles, California will be aiming for zero sales of petrol passenger vehicles starting from 2035.

Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement on Wednesday indicating the new "goal" and "target", per Al Jazeera news.

The most populous state of the country hopes to encourage other states to do the same, or move in a similar direction. 


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Given California is the biggest auto market in the U.S., accounting for roughly 11% of all national car sales, this is a bold move to make. But Newsom's order was clear and simple: no new passenger vehicles to be sold from 2035 onwards if they're gasoline-run. 

To date, this is the most radical move by a U.S. state in the 'war' against fossil fuel burning. Moreover, it strongly clashes with President Donald Trump's policies on the subject, per Reuters.

The next plan is for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to take Newsom's goal and turn it into a legally binding regulation that will mandate that all new passenger cars and trucks in the state be zero-emission by 2035. Following this, by 2045 the shift will be focused on zero-emission for medium- to heavy-duty vehicles.

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Aside from California, 15 countries around the world have sworn similar goals towards zero-emission vehicles. For instance, Norway will phase out regular cars by 2025, with France and the U.K. following suit in 2040 and 2050, respectively. 

Cities are also stepping up to the plate. Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City have all stated that they would ban diesel cars and vans by 2025

The shift towards electric vehicles has been on the move and increasingly becoming more and more popular around the world. Auto-makers, as well as aerospace companies, are developing and manufacturing new eco-friendly vehicles and aircraft, which are all impressive in their own right.