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US: Historic move! California Air Resources Board announces complete ban on sales of petrol-only vehicles by 2035

The California Air Resources Board, the US state's environmental watchdog, voted unanimously to approve the Advance Clean Car II plan, which is mandated only for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales from 2035.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Historic move by US state California as they announce complete ban on petrol-only vehicles. Petrol and diesel-powered vehicles will not be sold in the US state of California from the year 2035. This is being considered a big step towards fighting against climate change and promoting clean energy options. With this decision, the government here has become the first government anywhere in the world to take such a step.

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The California Air Resources Board, the US state’s environmental watchdog, voted unanimously to approve the Advance Clean Car II plan, which is mandated only for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales from 2035. “This is a historic moment for California, for our allies, and for the world as we lead the way towards a zero-emissions future,” board chairman Liane Randolph said, according to Bloomberg.

The price of electric cars is decreasing gradually
The high cost of electric vehicles (EVs) and their short range still remains a major problem. However, their cost is gradually coming down and the augmentation of infrastructure will help in charging such vehicles quickly and at convenient locations. In addition, California’s decision to sell only EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles is likely to impact other US states as well, which could spur infrastructure development.

Electric car sales to be 68 percent by 2030
California is moving faster than other US states as well as the federal government in promoting electric cars and other clean energy mobility options. According to Reuters, California expects electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen-powered cars to account for 35 percent of total vehicle sales by 2026. This will increase to 68 percent by 2030 before being 100 percent by 2035.

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