RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the end of the California electric vehicle mandate in the Commonwealth. Youngkin has been pushing against the policy for years.

Virginia adopted new regulations in 2022 passed by the California Air Resources Board that would phase out new gas-powered vehicle sales by 2035 to achieve zero emissions, creating a new path for more electrical vehicles.

California's environmental model is much stricter than what's established by the federal government.

State Senator Creigh Deeds is against Youngkin's move.

"The governor has yet to learn that he does not have the ability to govern by fiat. We are a democracy, a democratic republic, and there are bills that the legislature has passed and already been made law, and the governor's actions, I'm confident that lawsuits will be filed," he said.

Under the California standards, zero-emission vehicles would have to make up at least 22% of new vehicle sales by the end of next year; if not, manufacturers must pay a penalty.

Youngkin said in a statement, "Virginians deserve the freedom to choose which vehicles best fit the needs of their families and businesses."