More than a dozen states are debating whether to adopt California’s plan to ban new gas-powered cars by 2035.
Several of the 17 states are likely to move forward with the plan, including Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont. California Restrictions are the strictest in the country, requiring all new vehicles to run on electricity or hydrogen by 2035.
The mandate faces fierce backlash in states like Minnesota, where the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association says the weather bans the use of electric-only vehicles.
“The technology is such that vehicles just don’t perform as well in cold weather,” Scott Lambert, president of the business group, told The Associated Press. “We don’t all live in Southern California.”
Colorado is also among the states where the measure faces strong opposition.
“While the governor shares the goal of moving quickly to electric vehicles, he is skeptical of requiring 100% of cars sold to be electric by a certain date because technology is changing rapidly,” said the Colorado Energy Office at the AP.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Virginia are trying to cutting themselves off from California standards. The state passed legislation to submit to California standards in 2021, when Democrats controlled the legislature and the governor’s office.
Republican Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin called the legislation “ridiculous” last week and urged his administration to cut ties.
“In the effort to turn Virginia into California, “Liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold out Virginia by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws,” Youngkin wrote in a statement on Twitter. and diesel-powered vehicles.
“I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being imposed on Virginians. California’s disconnected laws have no place in our Commonwealth,” he continued.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.