The plan won’t pull vehicles with an internal combustion engine off roads immediately. While drivers can continue driving gas-fueled vehicles, they will also be able to buy used ones after 2035. The plan also allows for one-fifth of sales after 2035 to be plug-in hybrids — vehicles that run on batteries and gas.
Washington and Massachusetts already have said they will follow California’s lead. Others are planning on following suit — New York and Pennsylvania are among 17 states that have some or all of California’s tailpipe emission standards that are stricter than federal rules, according to a report from The Associated Press.
“This is a historic moment for California, for our partner states, and for the world as we set forth this path toward a zero-emission future,” said Liane Randolph, CARB chair.