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