A free electric car charging station being used seen in front of the Crissy Field Center on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) More than a dozen states are debating whether to adopt California's plan to ban new gas cars by the year 2035.Several of the 17 states are likely to move forward with the plan, including Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont.
California's restrictions are the strictest in the country, mandating that all new vehicles run on either electricity or hydrogen by 2035.The mandate is facing fierce pushback in states like Minnesota, where the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association argues the weather prohibits the use of solely electric vehicles."The technology is such that the vehicles just don’t perform that well in cold weather," Scott Lambert, the trade group’s president, told the Associated Press. "We don’t all live in southern California."WASHINGTON AND MASSACHUSETTS TO FOLLOW CALIFORNIA'S GAS CAR SALES BANAn electric car owner prepares to charge his car at an electric car charging station on September 23, 2020 in Corte Madera, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Colorado is also among the states where the measure faces firm opposition."While the governor shares the goal of rapidly moving towards electric vehicles, he is skeptical about requiring 100% of cars sold to be electric by a certain date as technology is rapidly changing," the Colorado Energy Office told the AP.HERE'S WHAT THE ELECTRIC F-150 LOOKS LIKEMeanwhile, Republicans in Virginia are attempting to cut themselves off from California's standards.