California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) is expected to approve a plan tomorrow that make it the first state to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in the Golden State by 2035. A dozen other states could follow in California’s footsteps too but the CARB will be nice enough to grandfather in owners of gas or diesel-powered vehicles.
According to the Sacramento Bee, people who still want to purchase gas or diesel-powered vehicles will have to buy them out of state. Worst of all, the Bee also states the new mandate increases the number of new cars that must be electric to 51% of all new car sales in 2028 and 68% in 2030, until 100% is reached in 2035.
There is, however, the issue of affordability for consumers should the new rule remain in place since, according to the Bee, the average price for an electric car is over $60,000 and that also includes a lack of available charging stations. A 2021 California subsidy program to aid in the purchase of electric vehicles ran out of money by the middle of the year and even the federal electric vehicle program just recently enacted will limit the amount of choices for consumers.
In terms of charges for electric vehicles, the Bee says there are only 70,000 stations in California but, despite higher gas prices that is not enough to keep up with demand and Golden State lawmakers are vague about new building codes they will seek to enact to address the problem. Even tenants in California that lack a charging venue can legally force their landlord to provide a charging station but the tenants have to pay for it.
All in all, this mandate may end up being sacked or drastically scaled back because of the comedy of errors Gavin Newsom and his fellow politicos are committing in preparation for this green energy scheme. This is the result of central planning, that the planners don’t know what they’re doing which, in turn, creates disorder or chaos.
In the end, this new rule banning gas-powered vehicles is another front in the left’s attack on people’s ability or freedom to travel. Drive up the cost of fuel, restrict the ability to own certain types of vehicles and the result is people being robbed of their self-reliance and to depend on the state for their transportation.