California ban on sales of new gas-powered vehicles takes effect in 2035

Over the next 13 years, car manufacturers in California will need to phase out production of gas-powered vehicles.


The state of California has taken another step towards eliminating gas-powered vehicles. By the time 2035 rolls around, the state plans to have no more gas-powered vehicles sold new. In order to achieve this, automobile manufacturers will need to hit specific, battery or hydrogen-powered vehicle manufacturing targets over the next 13 years.

Reported on by CNBC on August 25, 2022, California has banned the sale of new gas-powered vehicles starting in 2035. Another milestone manufacturers will need to keep in mind is 2026. By this date, 35 percent of new vehicles should be battery or hydrogen-powered. By 2030, this number must rise to 68 percent.

Image shows a Tesla Model Y electric vehicle

This new law was voted in unanimously by the California Air Resources Board, with the state pushing to curb greenhouse gas emissions. While new cars must not use gas-powered engines, users are still able to purchase, sell, and drive combustion engine vehicles. This should hopefully have a major impact on the state’s emissions and could see other states follow suit. By moving to no new gas-powered engines by 2035, California is working to hit the state’s 100% renewable target which is set for 2045.

This new law, along with the U.S. Energy Department loaning GM $2.5 billion for battery manufacturing, is positioning the United States to lead the way toward a cleaner, more environmentally friendly means of transportation. In places like California, which is frequently hit with fires, a reduction in emissions will no doubt result in cleaner air and safer living standards.

On the other side of the renewable and environmentally friendly conversation is Apple. In 2020, the company pledged to move towards better renewable practices, with a goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.

With major technology companies and governments taking steps to improve on emissions and renewables, the future is starting to look a little bit brighter. Here’s hoping that more companies follow suit. Take a moment to look over the Shacknews Electric Vehicles page for more information on EVs.

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    August 25, 2022 8:50 PM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, California ban on sales of new gas-powered vehicles takes effect in 2035

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      August 25, 2022 9:50 PM

      Will the state actually be able to meet charging station goals in time for that? Reading some stories that cast some doubt they'll be able to build them out that fast.

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        August 25, 2022 11:06 PM

        Believe that the new regulations include back up plans if electrification does not reach a certain threshold by certain years. It would still ban ICE sakes by in pushed your schedule biased on EV adoptiin

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        August 26, 2022 11:26 AM

        Yes, as soon as the bullet train is done.

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      August 26, 2022 6:03 AM

      I’ll be interested to see what normal priced EVs can come out. The median price of a new Ev now is 66 grand:

      Im all for banning ice cars but right now an EV is a pretty expensive luxury purchase

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        August 26, 2022 11:30 AM

        Yeah but we got 13 years until 2035 so that's a lot of time. Especially now that all the big auto companies are releasing EVs.

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      August 26, 2022 6:55 AM

      Someone was asking me what happens when people in California want to drive to other states and I just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      We'll see how it goes I suppose.

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        August 26, 2022 7:03 AM

        EV range won't get you out of state of California :)

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        August 26, 2022 9:12 AM

        No worries, their UHaul will still run on gas.

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          August 26, 2022 12:40 PM

          I know there are a lot of legit reasons to leave CA, but I really like it here. Better than living in Texas was, at any rate.

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            August 26, 2022 12:47 PM

            as long as you have any women in your life who you care about, it's absolutely a step up

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            August 26, 2022 1:06 PM

            California über alles

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          August 26, 2022 1:28 PM

          We've got 40 million people, if a handful want to leave for more regressive parts of the country I say good riddance.

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        August 26, 2022 12:41 PM

        the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed included $7.5bn to help build out a network of 500,000 charging station across the country

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      August 26, 2022 7:06 AM

      Sales of, not existing which I think a lot of people aren't considering.

      So there will be ICE cars on the road for 10, 15 years beyond 2035. It won't be close to 100% EV until 2050.

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      August 26, 2022 7:19 AM

      Here's the text of the EO N-79-20:

      Found here:

      Some excerpts:
      "Passenger vehicle and truck regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission vehicles sold in the State towards the target of 100 percent of in-state sales by 2035. "
      "In implementing this Paragraph, the State Air Resources Board shall act consistently with technological feasibility and cost-effectiveness. "

      A bit frustrating that it is basically punting the responsibility for designing of the law. Fortunately seems to indicate that there isn't just a hard drop off in 2035, but that it will have some sort of ratcheting up of incentives over the time period. And its got an ambiguous escape clause of "cost-effectiveness".

      It seems like unless the law is coordinated with other states then CA will just be diverting new EV production to CA over other states/country's and might not encourage a faster overall pace of adoption?

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      August 26, 2022 11:42 AM

      wonder if people will be able to buy these out of state still. I’m sure Arizona will set up emergency dealerships on the border to help this crisis, offering free coal roll upgrades too

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        August 26, 2022 1:12 PM

        California could just make it difficult to register cars made after 2035 that don't meet zero emission standards. Plus gas stations in California will eventually start to dwindle. Wonder what will happen to the car collector market when it start getting harder to get gas.

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          August 26, 2022 1:22 PM

          I'd imagine there will still be at least a few gas stations in most towns for the rest of our lives.

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            August 26, 2022 1:33 PM

            This. Lots of gas stations could covert to mostly electric and still maintain pumps.

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        August 26, 2022 1:24 PM

        The regulation allows for manufacturers to count out of state sales of ZEV and PHEV towards the California targets up until 2030.

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      August 26, 2022 1:18 PM

      I would say it's more like a rule that helps the US to catch up to adoption (not lead), and get our legacy auto makers on better future footing.

      Electrek has a pretty good explainer and some analysis against current adoption trends.

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