California seeks EPA approval to end sales of ICE vehicles

(May 25, 2023) California has asked the Biden administration to approve its plan to require all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be either electric or plug-in electric hybrids, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The California Air Resources Board, which approved the plan in August, asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to approve a waiver under the Clean Air Act to implement its new rules that set yearly rising zero-emission vehicle rules starting in 2026 and would end new gasoline-only powered vehicle sales in the state by 2035.

"These vehicles will permanently displace emissions from conventional vehicles," wrote CARB Executive Officer Steven Cliff, adding that motor vehicles and other mobile sources are the greatest producers of emissions in California.

The Biden administration has repeatedly refused to endorse setting a date to phase out the sale of gasoline-only vehicles.

Source: Automotive News