California Details Phaseout Plan for Gasoline Vehicle Sales by 2035

Zero-emissions vehicles would make up half of new car sales in the state by the end of the decade.

December 16, 2021

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has outlined a timeline to meet its goal of phasing out gasoline-powered vehicle sales by 2035, reports Oil Price Information Service. The countdown clock starts in 2026 with 26% of new car sales being zero-emission vehicles.

According to the plan, zero-emission would make up 34% of sales in 2027, 43% in 2028, 51% in 2029, 61% in 2030, 76% in 2031, 82% in 2032, 88% in 2033 and 94% in 2034.

Last year, NACS Daily reported that California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to end sales of new cars and trucks powered by gasoline or diesel by 2035 as part of the state’s efforts to promote electric or zero-emission vehicles. Newsom said the move will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from cars by 80% in the state. The state already requires a certain percentage of new vehicles sold to be EVs.

Californians still would be allowed to own vehicles with internal combustion engines and resell them.

Newsom also directed the CARB to develop regulations requiring all medium- and heavy-duty trucks to be 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2045 “where feasible.”

In September, Newsom signed legislation that mandates all light-duty autonomous vehicles in the state to produce zero emissions. The law would take effect in 2030.

Last month, six major automakers and 30 countries committed to phase out new gasoline-powered and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide and by 2035 in “leading markets.” The automakers include Ford, General Motors, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, China’s BYD and Jaguar Land Rover. The countries include the world’s second-most populous country India, as well as Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The automakers agreed to have entirely zero-emissions new car and van sales by 2040.

OPIS reports that New York and Massachusetts have also passed legislation to phase out gas-powered vehicle sales by 2035, and Washington passed a similar law with a phase out goal of 2030.