Dramatic new vehicle purchasing policy steps up effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Effective immediately, the California state government has stopped buying gas-powered cars, with the exception being for public safety vehicles, most likely because electric versions may not be plentiful or even available for those specific needs. Furthermore, starting in January, the state will no longer buy vehicles from manufacturers that refused to voluntarily agree to follow California’s clean car rules. Take a minute to let that sink in. The new rules mean that electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius Prime and Chevy Bolt won’t even be considered for state purchase anymore, since Toyota & General Motors , as well as Fiat Chrysler , recently sided with the Trump administration with regards to tailpipe emission rules. Meanwhile, Ford , Honda , Volkswagen , and BMW may get a boost in sales, since they all agreed to continue to follow California’s strict emission rules, even though they may no longer be required to. “DGS is committed to ensuring we do our part to achieve California’s climate goals,” said DGS Director Daniel C. Kim. “Our state continues to lead by example by eliminating sedans solely powered by gas. This is […]

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