EPA Accepting Comments Concerning California’s ICE Ban—Send Your Concerns Now

The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) “Advanced Clean Cars II” (ACC II) regulations ban the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035. ACC II requires that 35% of new cars, SUVs, and small trucks sold in California must be zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) starting in 2026. The regulation increases ZEV sales requirements by 6% to 8% annually through 2035, when 100% of new vehicles sold in California must be ZEV – eliminating the sale of any new vehicles that are gas-powered.

Before ACC II can be implemented, CARB must receive a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its regulation to take effect. The SAN opposes ACC II because seventeen states, representing nearly 40% of the American population, have previously adopted California motor vehicle emission laws. To date, nine states and the District of Columbia have already adopted ACC II; three states have adopted ACC II through 2032, which requires 87% of new motor vehicle sales to be ZEV; and two states have started the regulatory process to adopt ACC II.

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Gearhead, Lawmaker, and Baja 1000 Racer

Delegate Kevin Hornberger, Chairman of SEMA's State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, is a true gearhead at heart. As a lawmaker, he has been a champion for automotive enthusiasts in his home state of Maryland. From introducing legislation to ease the registration of classic cars to fighting against California's gas-powered car ban, Hornberger has consistently shown his dedication to keeping the roads open for car lovers.

Hornberger's passion for cars is evident in his own garage, which houses a collection of vintage vehicles, including a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 T-Top, a 1967 Chevy RSS Camaro, a 1965 GMC, and a 1977 GMC Jimmy. The latest addition to his collection is a 1974 Chevy Blazer K5, which made its debut at the 2023 SEMA Show before being put to the test at the 2023 SCORE Baja 1000.