California will ban the sale of cars and trucks with internal combustion engines starting in 2035. A decision, as said by Governor Gavin Newsom, which aims to reduce C02 emissions. Not a surprise: for a long time, the Pacific State has shown great sensitivity towards the environment, also because Hollywood and the star system in general are increasingly aligned with the issue of climate change. In any case, it is the first federal state to announce a measure of this kind, and joins 15 other nation states that have already promised to undertake this path, albeit with different timelines. Sweden, for example, announced last year that it will bid farewell to gasoline cars in 2030, as did Denmark. Norway has brought the deadline forward to 2025 while Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Iceland and France are working on deadlines set between 2030 and 2040. Newsom’s measures, however, will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline cars or using of the second-hand market.

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Not a secondary aspect: California is the largest auto market in the United States, since it accounts for about 11% of total sales. According to Governor Newsom, the adoption of these measures, and the consequent spread of electric cars, will reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 35%. In addition, the ordinance – based on the stringent regulations of the California Air Resources Board – will require that even medium and large-tonnage commercial vehicles become zero-emission by 2045. This decision on “green mobility” – like other previous ones – is provoking the reaction of the Trump administration which is trying in every way to prevent the measures from being adopted. This is a very tough political confrontation that has led California, and other American states, to sue the central federal government.

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