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SF Chronicle: CA’s Historic Ban On Gas-Powered Cars Includes One Major Exception

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

California regulators approved a plan Thursday to mostly ban the sale of new gas-powered cars starting in 2035, adopting the first statewide clean-car mandate of its kind in the country.

The move formalizes an executive order that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed nearly two years ago, requiring the state to phase out the sale of cars that generate planet-warming emissions. Electric-vehicle experts called the vote historic and said it will reshape the global auto market.


Assembly Member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, first introduced legislation to ban the sale of gas-powered cars in 2018. His bill was killed by moderate Democrats in the Legislature, but he said Newsom’s administration showed that the state can drive the clean-car movement.

“Since then, our climate crisis has worsened with transportation remaining a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions,” Ting said in a statement. “A zero-emissions future is our only path forward.”