California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that he plans to sign an order that bans the sale of all passenger cars that run on internal combustion by 2035 and those of all gas powered light and heavy duty vehicles by 2045.
Newsom said that he believes the change will "move the state further away from its reliance on climate change-causing fossil fuels while retaining and creating jobs and spurring economic growth."
"By the time the new rule goes into effect, zero-emission vehicles will almost certainly be cheaper and better than the traditional fossil fuel powered cars," the governor said in a statement, which also called on California legislature to stop issuing fracking permits.
Newsom's order said that the pandemic's impact on the transportation sector is an opportunity to "accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral future that supports the retention and creation of high-road, high-quality jobs."