Gov. Youngkin yanks Virginia from California clean car program

By Alex Guillén | 06/05/2024 01:01 PM EDT

Republican lawmakers in Richmond earlier this year tried to pass legislation that would have disconnected Virginia from California’s program, but Democrats blocked those efforts.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday said he will stop the state from adopting a California rule that would require all new vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2035.

“Once again, Virginia is declaring independence — this time from a misguided electric vehicle mandate imposed by unelected leaders nearly 3,000 miles away from the Commonwealth,” said Youngkin, a Republican, in a statement.

The move comes just months after a regulatory board formally approved regulations to comply with California’s Advanced Clean Cars II rule.


Virginia’s General Assembly in 2021 passed a law requiring the state to comply with California’s Advanced Clean Cars I rule, which took effect on Jan. 1 of this year and requires increasing percentages of new vehicle sales to emit zero emissions, up to 22 percent for model year 2025. A number of other states have adopted California’s rules.