Last year Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order declaring that all new cars and passenger trucks sold in this state be zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. That vision is in step with much of the world; most industrial nations, including Germany, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, have also committed to eliminating gas-powered vehicles within the next 15 to 20 years.
We are excited about what this means for our environment and climate crisis. However, it’s essential that policies, plans and production must not rely on a single technology. For all communities to truly participate in this exciting advancement, diversity in technologies will be necessary.