Berkeley aims to ban gas-powered vehicle sales by 2027

In six years, the sale of gasoline-powered cars could be illegal in Berkeley.

The city is considering a ban on such cars by 2027 in a bid to combat climate change.

The City Council is scheduled next Tuesday to request a feasibility study on a proposed ordinance that would "achieve an 80% phase out of gasoline, diesel and natural gas passenger vehicles" in Berkeley.

The proposed ordinance would not apply to trucks and would be staggered to apply to vehicles worth over $28,000 by 2025, over $23,000 by 2026 and all vehicles by 2027. The ordinance, recommended by the Berkeley's Facilities, Infrastructure, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability Policy Committee, would also call on the city to stop buying gas vehicles and convert its own fleet of 129 vehicles to all electric.

"I am proud to serve as Mayor of a city long been known for being on the frontlines of the fight against climate change," Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted Tuesday.

In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, signing an executive order mandating new passenger vehicles sold must be zero-emission beginning that year.

Zero-emission vehicles include battery-powered electric cars and vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells.