The California Air Resources Board took the first step last week toward implementing a mandate that will require all new vehicles sold in the state to be electric by the year 2035.
Beyond 2035, residents of California will still be able to drive and purchase gas-powered automobiles, but the state will no longer allow the production of new gas-powered vehicles after that year.
Per a FOX News report, the decision was made after the Governor of the state, Gavin Newsom, had first asked regulators to evaluate the policy two years prior to the announcement of the decision.
By the year 2040, if all goes according to plan, California will have reduced the amount of pollution caused by vehicles by fifty percent.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, an electric car manufacturer, stated the previous year that in order to migrate to electric vehicles, the output of energy would need to be increased by a factor of two.
Nevertheless, the cost of creating a network that could fuel all electric vehicles in the country is estimated to range anywhere from $135 billion to $358 billion.
On top of that, the batteries that power today's electric vehicles are made of lithium, which is then used to store and consume the energy that is generated elsewhere.
According to Statista, the majority of the world's lithium is generated in foreign countries such as Australia, Chile, and China, with the majority of battery production taking place in China.
This tale is very similar to one that was reported on by our news organization a few days ago.