California is banning the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035. California is the country’s most populous state and the center of U.S. car culture. Therefore, it means that this decision makes a historic step in the state’s battle against climate change.

The California Air Resources Board approved this rule on August 25th, 2022. It will force automakers to speed up production of cleaner vehicles beginning in 2026. This is because sales of only zero-emission cars, pickup trucks and SUVs are allowed in the state until the year. The unanimous vote comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom and it set a target in 2020. The result is accelerating the shift away from internal combustion engines. The transportation sector represents the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. In fact, it has suffered from record-breaking wildfires, droughts and air pollution worsened by climate change.

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