All new California cars to be electric by 2035

All new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the state of California will be electric vehicles or other emissions-free models by 2035.

The commitment, signed off by The California Air Resources Board (CARB), comes as the western state steps up its efforts to cut fossil fuels in the fight against climate change. It plans a dedicated California Clean Air Day on October 5.

The action by CARB is an essential step to cleaning up the transportation system, which causes about 80% of California’s smog and soot and about 50% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The updated standards will mean less pollution coming out of the tailpipes of combustion engines, and an acceleration of the vital deployment of zero-emission vehicles, with the aim that all vehicles sold in 13 years’ time will be ZEVs.

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