The state's Air Resources Board (CARB) is anticipated to vote in support of such a plan on Thursday, bringing California one step closer to outlawing the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
A board member named Daniel Sperling told CNN on Thursday that he was "99.9% positive the resolution would pass."
This is significant, Sperling declared. It's crucial for the nation and the entire planet, not just for California.
In 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles as an executive order.
All vehicles sold after 2035 must comply with the CARB Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which stipulates this requirement.
According to the staff study on the Advanced Clean Cars II regulation, emissions from motor vehicle engines negatively impact the public's health, welfare, the environment, and the climate in a number of interconnected ways.
These emission cuts will lower the likelihood of severe drought and wildfires, as well as the fine particulate matter pollution they will cause.
If adopted, the rule would be implemented in stages, gradually reducing the number of gas-powered vehicles on the road. By 2026, 35% of newly purchased passenger cars would have to be battery- or hydrogen-powered; by 2028, 51%; by 2030, 68%; and by 2035, 100%.
The strategy includes aims for normal passenger automobiles as well as a target date of 2045 for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles.