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California to allow only zero-emission new cars from 2035

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a new regulation for zero-emission vehicles. 

By signing this new policy, it can be widely expected to boost the global transition to electric vehicles. California is not only the largest auto market in the United States, but more than a dozen other states usually follow California’s example in establishing their own emissions standards for vehicles. Included in this blueprint is that all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in California would be required to be electric vehicles or other zero-emission models by 2035.

Currently, about 16 % of all new cars sold in California are zero-emission vehicles.
According to the new rule, 35 % of new passenger cars and light trucks sold in California must be either zero-emission, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-powered models by 2026. Further, these targets increase to 68 % in 2030 and 100 % in 2035.

The regulation does not require California car buyers to purchase these vehicles, but instead provides fines for automobile manufacturer that fail to meet the targets. It is estimated that the new rules will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles by more than 50 percent by 2040. 

The texts of the Regulation can be consulted HERE. 

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