The head of California's clean air regulator Liane Randolph said on Tuesday that California's choice of 2035 as the deadline to end gasoline-only new car sales was a sweet spot that had to be realistic for the industry and the automakers, as well as the UN General Assembly.
I feel like we have arrived at the sweet spot. In August of this year, CARB said that all new vehicles sold in California by 2035 must be electric or plug-in hybrid electrics PHEVs, after Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order directing the move.
The rules will reduce smog-causing pollution in light-duty vehicles by 25 per cent by 2037 and result in 9.5 million fewer conventional vehicles sold by 2035, according to the CARB. In 2035, the automakers can sell no more than 20 per cent of models as PHEVs.
California was not as aggressive as some environmental groups wanted, or Tesla, which urged the end of new gas-powered vehicles by 2030.
An EV-only automaker is going to want as high a standard as possible because that is going to create a market for their credits, Randolph said.
California needs a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt the 2035 rules, which will open the request for public comment.
It's their decision to make but I mean that's why the waiver exists. She said that California can move forward and protect its residents.