In a bid to tackle climate change, California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order restricting the sale of gas-powered vehicles. By 2035, all new car sales must be zero-emission vehicles. The move makes California the first state to commit to zero-emission vehicles.
The new order won’t ban existing gas-powered vehicles or make it illegal to own one. But it will guide the market toward more zero-emission vehicles.
The news comes a day after Tesla said it will be launching an affordable $25,000 model within the next three years.
A Gas-Free Future
“This has always been our dream to make an affordable electric car,” Tesla founder Elon Musk said during a live presentation yesterday.
“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” Newsom said in a statement. “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. 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.”
California is currently battling hundreds of wildfires, many of which are the result of increasing temperatures due to the climate crisis.
“Climate change is real,” Newsom said last month, speaking about the record number of fires plaguing the state. “If you are in denial about climate change, come to California.”