In California, where plumes of smoke have billowed and spread across cities as historic wildfires stubbornly rage, the gasoline-powered vehicle's days may be numbered.
In just 15 years, the nation's largest auto market and the world's fifth-largest economy will stop the sale of new passenger cars and trucks with internal combustion engines in an effort to transition away from fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week.
"Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels, threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines," he said.