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News All Autonomous Cars in California Will Have to be EVs by 2030

All Autonomous Cars in California Will Have to be EVs by 2030

Many autonomous vehicle companies in California use ICEs today but that will end in 2030


  • California has already banned all light-duty ICE sales by 2035.

  • The Golden State is home to more than 50 companies currently developing autonomous technology.


It almost stands to reason that autonomous vehicles (AV) should be EVs. In many ways, such advanced technology should be associated with zero-emission vehicles. By early next decade, the 50+ (and more to come without a doubt) companies invested in the development of AV technology in California will need to have a fully electric fleet.

California, with 15 other states, is leading the way when it comes to banning the sale of new ICEs. This same state also happens to be where AV technology was born and where more than 50 companies are licensed to operate autonomous vehicles for testing purposes.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Of the 50+, two companies are responsible and behind the majority of all the AVs on the road. They are Alphabet’s Waymo and GM-backed Cruise, the latter using only Chevrolet Bolt EVs. Waymo relies on the Jaguar I-Pace and non-PHEV Chrysler Pacifica for their testing.

“We’re grateful for California’s leadership in ensuring this will be the industry standard,” said Prashanthi Raman, head of global government affairs at Cruise, in a statement as reported by The Verge. “The AV industry is primed to lead the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities, and it’s why we’ve operated an all-electric, zero-emissions fleet from the start.”

A common issue among most other companies is that EVs, due to their long charging times, are not very cost-effective. They argue that an idle charging vehicle isn’t making money.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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