Air Resources Board takes steps to make gas car phase-out a law
06.15.2022 - by Derrick Vargas
Air Resources Board takes steps to make gas car phase-out a law

On June 9, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a hearing on the Advanced Clean Cars II program. The current Advanced Clean Cars program has been adopted by 17 other states but will end in 2025. Under this program, automakers must sell EVs in these states.

Thank you to the nearly 1,000 Plug In America supporters from these states that submitted comments to CARB! They were well-received and had an impact on the future of EVs.

The hearing was called the most important in its 50-year history, as it was the first in the nation to not just call for the phase-out of internal combustion engine vehicles, but to actually make it a law. This is a huge deal because we are ending the age of petroleum, which we have been in for more than 100 years!

While we will not get everything we hoped for, we are very pleased that many of our priorities will likely end up in the final regulations. These include:

  • equity provisions that will make EVs more accessible to low-income consumers, 
  • a technical review in two to three years, ensuring that the rules continue to adapt to rapidly changing technology,
  • and an assurance that the rules will not be weakened.

The 17 other states that have adopted the Advanced Clean Cars program will have the opportunity to adopt this program, but only as adopted by CARB, so these wins are not only good for California, but for states across the country.

Plug In America will continue to represent the voices of EV supporters like you, but we need your help. Please support our important advocacy work with a gift of $48 or recurring gift of $7/month. Your contribution helps us push forward these regulations that will get gas-powered vehicles off the road for good!

17 comments on “Air Resources Board takes steps to make gas car phase-out a law”
  1. Dan Berger says:

    I’m gonna call BS on Mr Loyless here. What are you driving, a Hummer EV? Assuming 50 mpg for your Prius and $3/gallon, you’re driving 6,666 miles per month if you spend $400. Assuming an electricity price of $0.15/kWh, spending $700 for electricity for that same mileage works out to be 1.4 miles per kWh. Notice that I assumed very cheap gas, and very expensive electricity. 1.4 miles/kWh is Hummer EV range. Even the F-150 Lightning does better than that, and an EV of comparable size to a Prius should get 3-4 miles per kWh. That would bring your monthly electricity cost below $350.

  2. CK says:

    I think EV are Awsome and would love to own one and I love renewable energy. However, has anyone thought this through(“ending the age of petroleum”). This present administration wants to eliminate ALL fossil fuels. We currently produce 63% or our electricity from coal and natural gas. Just over 50% of our houses use heating oil to heat in the winter. If we eliminate our fossil fuels what are we going to replace them with? Renewables won’t replace them……..Just a thought.

  3. Mike says:

    You should consider installing a 240v outlet in you garage or on the outside of your house. I’ve paid on the order of 500 to have these installed in two different states and then I can get “cheap” residential rates. I say cheap bc it’s still double what commercial companies pay. Probably double what the owners of those public chargers pay.

  4. Douglas S Jones says:

    John, I flat out don’t believe you are spending $700 a month with an EV. I charge in Connecticut, one of the most expensive states in which to live, and I pay $.43/Kwh. I get about 5 miles/Kwh. At $700/m you would have to travel 8139 miles per month. And that is only if you only use public charging stations. My home charger costs me half that. With an ICE vehicle, even if you get 50 miles to the gallon, at ~$5.00/gal it would cost you $813.90 for the same distance. If you charge at home, which cannot do in most locales with gasoline, $700 would get you about 15ooo miles. Feel free to check my math. It is not intended to be exact, but different EVs and different locales won’t be very far off these figures.

  5. Ronald Cochran says:

    My wife and I are driving two EV’s for in-town driving. We live in Wilmington, NC.. Both cars together use about 206 Kwh per month, which costs us about $23, Admittedly this is the cost for in-town driving and probably no more than 1500 mi. per month total.. Still, I can’t imagine driving our EV’s enough each month to end up with a $700 charging cost.

  6. George C says:

    We have two Tesla Model 3’s that we charge at home. We have solar and Powerwall and our monthly electricity charge is $23.23 which is the cost of the metering charge. We probably drive two hundred miles a week together so the EV’s are a no-brainer. Even when my wife has to occasionally go out of town for a conference, her supercharger bill is rarely over $15.00.

  7. Guinn Unger says:

    Your comment is ridiculous. For $700 I could buy 5600 kWH where I live. At roughly 3.3 miles per kWH, that means I could drive 18,400 miles per month!! Even if your cost of electricity is 3 times higher than mine, that’s still over 6,000 miles for $700. Quit trolling us.

  8. Hess Max says:

    Got to see the data. We have two plug in hybrid and our entire electric bill is less than $200 per month.

  9. Gary Blidook says:

    Here in BC most of our electricity is Hydro. My battery, 38 KW cost $.15/Kwh = $5.60, call it $6.00 for losses. Car gets 275Km in the winter on a charge and 350+ in the summer on a charge, so $6 to go 275, $60 to go 2750Km and $600 to go 27,500Km. (35,000 for $600 in the summer.) Average about 30,000Km for $600. Gas is over $2.00/litre so my gas car would get about 6,000Km for $600.

  10. Nyroc says:

    If I spent $700 a month to charge my EV I would be driving 26,000 per month. 866 miles per day. 76 miles per hour for 12 hours.

  11. Michael says:

    Could you provide data to support this claim that suggests, but does not say, you’ll pay less for petrol than for you EV drivin identically?

  12. Steve says:

    How many miles are you driving a month and where do you charge. Home or commercial charging stations.

  13. Joseph S says:

    I don’t believe that. I have a Honda Clarity plug in hybrid. It costs about $1 to charge it, maybe $1.25 if it is really totally discharged. If I charged it every day I would spend maybe $35 a month. And I don’t need to charge it every day. What do you charge that costs 20x as much per month as the maximum I could possibly spend to charge?

  14. John Baker says:

    John, Can you tell me which state you live in? I do want to know why you have to spend $700 a month for charging (perhaps the cost of electricity where you live or something else). Thanks.

  15. Sean says:

    Where in the tarnation do you charge your EV at, a nuclear power plant?! Unless you drive hundreds of miles a day and exclusively use expensive public charging stations, you will never run that much in electricity. Either that, or you’re an oil troll.

  16. John Loyless says:

    It cost me over 700 a month to charge my EV. I’m going to sell it soon and my prius which I never spent more than 400 a month on gas. I think it’s a shame they are going to make people buy EV’s which cost 2 to three times as much to charge

  17. Michael Dupray says:


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