Petaluma, California on Monday became the first US city to ban the construction of new gas pumps and stations as a global push toward electric vehicles accelerates.
The Petaluma City Council unanimously approved on February 22 a bill that will prohibit new gas pumps and support efforts to add EV charging plugs and other alternative-fuel stations, local outlet The Press Democrat reported. The council finalized the new zoning rules on Monday.
The changes mean that the small Sonoma County city’s 16 existing gas stations can operate as usual, but they won’t be able to add new pumps. They will be allowed to add EV charging plugs, however.