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California Bans Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

By David Reyes

Photo Credit: David Reyes, Tesla charging station in Northridge, CA.

SIMI VALLEY, CA - In 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning the sales of new gas-powered vehicles after 2035. In August of this year the California Air resources Board voted in favor of thee order. California is the first state to execute an order like this and the reason is to reduce greenhouse gases.

“Electric cars are cheaper to run, use a lot less energy to run and less dependent on fossil fuels obviously. How the grid is now is somewhat dirty, and we can clean it in the next few years,” said Tesla owner Carlos Alves. He also said, “It’s essential that people diminish their carbon footprints.”

Photo Credit: David Reyes, Gas-powered vehicle engine.

But what do people against the gas car ban think. Russel Martin who has been in the automotive industry for more than forty years. He says that replacing a Tesla car battery will cost above $20,000 compared to replacing a gas engine. “This engine can last over 200,000 miles and if we have to rebuild it could cost around $2,500 or $3,500 depending on the engine,” Martin said.

Other concerns that Martin has are the power outages that happen in California and also what will happen when the car batteries have no more use. “As a community, we have cars that now have batteries that have to be recycled. What do we do with that?” Martin expressed.

The state-wide will allow new plug in hybrid vehicles to be sold after 2035 even though they are partly gas powered engines. That is something many people believe is more reasonable than only permitting being electric vehicles.

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Contributions: Russel Martin and Carlos Alves

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