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California’s Planned Gas Car Ban May Impact Michigan Auto Industry

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By 2035, West Coasters and Midwesterners may feel the effects of the new California decision to ban the sales of new gas-powered vehicles.

Californians will not completely lose the ability to purchase fossil-fueled cars; instead, they can buy used gas-fueled vehicles or even purchase them elsewhere and bring them into the state.

Based on Kelley Blue Book, electric vehicles remain more expensive at $66,000 compared with non-luxury gas-powered vehicles that average $44,000.

According to Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Research Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., “Automotive companies are making themselves dependent on materials that will go into batteries that are largely under the control of geopolitical rivals of the United States,” Cohen said, “Specifically China and to a lesser extent Russia.”

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