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Sales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035

California’s state legislature made waves with an announcement two weeks ago banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to do so might be welcome news to EV nuts…but it has not gone over well in other factions. Take truckers, for instance (seemingly the natural polar opposite from said ‘EV nuts’):

From Trucker Magazine:

“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chief Andrew Wheeler sent Newsom a letter questioning how the state could add millions of electric vehicles despite having “a record of rolling blackouts.” He said it “begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can’t even keep the lights on today.” 

In this September 28 letter, Wheeler was referring to the rolling blackouts experienced by many Californians this summer, the state’s first in twenty years. He, and others, wonder how an increase in electricity demand from EV charging stations will benefit an already strained electrical grid.

Jokes and banter aside, the announcement has far-reaching effects. The order is said to ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. In Detroit, the American bastion of the combustion engine and car production, leadings minds are both attempting to prepare—and worrying whether they have enough time to do so.


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