In a Wall Street Journal report, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Sept. 23, which allows the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations for vehicle sales to meet emission targets over the next decade. The move will ensure that all passenger cars and trucks sold in the state are electric by 2035.
The executive order also set a 2045 deadline for other heavy-duty trucks to go zero-emissions where feasible. Newsom's order will not prohibit Californians from driving their present gas-powered cars, reselling used gas-powered cars or purchasing new ones from outside the state.
According to Newsom, transportation accounts for more than half of the carbon pollution in the state. Moreover, in light of the state's record-breaking wildfire season, the governor also said that California needs to "fast track" its efforts to combat so-called climate change.