Virginia is on course to implement the new Californian limitations on the sale of gas-powered vehicles, despite having a Republican governor.
This week, the California Air Resources Board held the final hearing for the rule mandating that all new vehicles sold after 2035 be electric. The same plan calls for 35% of the state’s new automobile sales to be fossil-fuel-free by 2026.
Due to a 2021 law that former governor Ralph Northam signed tying Virginia to California’s pollution rules, the Golden State will follow Virginia’s lead.
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A spokesperson for Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office told Fox 5 DC that “Governor Northam and the far-left controlled General Assembly signed a law in 2021 binding Virginia to California’s emission vehicle regulations, which, among other things, bans the sale of gas-powered cars in Virginia by 2035.”
Added the spokesperson “The Attorney General hopes that the General Assembly will repeal this statute and halt any movement toward Californianization of Virginia. Bureaucrats from California who were not elected should not be imposing their will on Virginians.”
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California’s pollution regulations are also adhered to by states like Washington and Massachusetts.
The California rule carries out Newsom’s executive order from September 2020, which sought to outlaw new gas and diesel vehicles by 2035.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that “the climate issue is manageable if we focus on the big, bold initiatives necessary to stem the flow of carbon pollution.”
Will gas-powered vehicles be banned?
The new petition starts the public regulatory process by requesting that the board end the sale of gas-powered cars in California by 2035 under a 2020 executive order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.
Are gas-powered cars forbidden in California?
In an effort to increase the sales of electric and zero-emission vehicles over the next four years, California authorities this week proposed banning the sale of all new gas-powered cars by 2035.
Can gas-powered cars still be used after 2035?
Owners of internal combustion vehicles may continue to use them after 2035, as Randolph herself pointed out. The purchase and sale of old vehicles and light trucks powered by fossil fuels will remain permitted.
Will California ban gas-powered vehicles?
By 2035, California plans to outlaw the sale of new gas-powered vehicles. In order to hasten the transition to more environmentally friendly automobiles, the state is prepared to set a 2035 deadline for all new vehicles sold in the state to be powered by electricity or hydrogen.