California expected to ban new gas car sales by 2035, with Thursday vote

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The California Air Resources Board will vote on the measure Thursday afternoon, board member Daniel Sperling told CNN.

Sperling added that he was “99.9%” sure the measure would succeed. If so, it would be one of the first such bans worldwide. It could also have major implications for the US auto market, given California’s large economy.

“This is monumental,” Sperling said. “This is the most important thing CARB has done in the last 30 years. It’s important not only for California, but also for the country and the world.”

The board’s new rules would also set interim quotas for zero-emission vehicles, with a focus on new models. As of 2026, 35% of new cars, SUVs and small pickup trucks sold in California should be zero-emission vehicles. That quota would increase every year, projected to be 51% of all new car sales by 2028, 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. The quota would also allow 20% of zero-emission cars sold to be plug-in hybrids.

The rules would not affect used vehicles and allow those vehicles to remain on the road.

Sperling said the process of drafting the rules had received “surprisingly little discussion” and was pushed back by car companies, a signal that companies themselves are embracing the move to zero-emission vehicles. Several companies, including Ford and GM, have already announced ambitious plans to move towards zero-emission cars, trucks and SUVs.

“The car companies see what’s happening in China, in Europe,” Sperling said. “Many of them have already announced how they are moving completely to electric vehicles.”

Other blue states have followed California’s lead in the past in tighter vehicle emissions; Sperling and other officials are looking to see if Northeast and Pacific Northwest states in particular are following suit with the latest move.

“This is a big part of the US market,” Sperling said. “Even if the FBI doesn’t move from a regulatory perspective, much of the country will move forward.”

Thursday’s vote is the culmination of years of work; in 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring all vehicles sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035.

California also received a boost from the Biden administration, which earlier this year reinstated California’s longstanding ability to set its own vehicle emissions standards. The Trump administration had reversed California’s waiver in 2019.

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