This doesn’t mean that gas-powered cars are going to be made illegal, but rather new cars that feature an internal combustion engine will no longer be allowed to be sold. Existing cars can still be used, but you can’t buy a new one. This move was done to help combat the negative impacts of climate change.
According to the press release, “California Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035, a target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide.”
California has experienced several incredibly destructive wildfires, which some scientists have linked to the consequences of climate change. There is still quite some time before 2035, so it should give car makers more time to start ramping up their efforts at creating more environmentally-friendly vehicles.