Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday setting forth the goal and calling it “the most impactful step” California can make toward reducing emissions.
“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your kids asthma,” Newsom said. “Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse — and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”
In addition to passenger vehicles, the order looks to make 100% of medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the state zero emission “where feasible.”
“This is the next big global industry and California wants to dominate it,” Newsom said, “and that’s in detoxifying and decarbonizing our transportation fleets.”
To support the goal, Newsom directed CARB, in partnership with private companies, to accelerate the deployment of fueling and charging options for zero-emission vehicles throughout the state.
The order does not not prevent residents from owning or from selling used gasoline-powered vehicles.