California is phasing out gas-powered cars. In August, officials set new rules. New cars sold in the state after 2035 will not use just gas. They will have to be electric or hydrogen-powered. Transportation causes greenhouse-gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. The new policy could cut California’s car emissions in half by 2040.
The goal might not be easy to meet. The state has only 80,000 vehicle chargers. It will need a lot more. Electric cars can be very expensive. But officials say prices will go down. “We will not set Californians up to fail,” Tania Pacheco-Werner says. She is with the California Air Resources Board.