WASHINGTON — New Jersey has joined a growing number of U.S. states that have adopted a rule set by California to phase out sales of new gasoline-fueled cars and light trucks by the 2035 model year.
Under California's Advanced Clean Cars II regulation, automakers would need to ensure 43 percent of their annual production volume is made up of zero-emission vehicles, such as battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell models. The regulation calls for ZEVs and plug-in hybrids to make up 68 percent by the 2030 model year and 100 percent by 2035.
The rule "does not impose obligations on consumers or car dealers and provides compliance flexibilities for manufacturers," state officials said Tuesday.
New Jersey joins at least 10 other states that have adopted the California rule, including Virginia, New York, Maryland and Colorado. California adopted the regulation in 2022 but is still waiting for the EPA to grant a waiver under the Clean Air Act.
In Europe, the European Union has said that new cars sold in the 27-country bloc from 2035 must have zero CO2 emissions, except for those powered by carbon-neutral e-fuels.
In a statement Tuesday, the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers slammed the state's decision, referring to the regulation as "an extreme government mandate that limits consumer choice and threatens to make new cars unaffordable."
"While New Jersey's new car dealers want to sell what consumers want to buy, they can only offer for sale what automakers build and allocate to their retailers here," said the coalition, which represents about 500 franchised car and truck dealers in New Jersey. "The governor's extreme California mandate will disrupt the new car marketplace in New Jersey in ways that will have an immediate and profound impact on consumers and car dealers."