In an initiative to promote environment-friendly transit, the New York state has passed a law that sets a target for 100 percent of new passenger cars and trucks sold or leased in the state to be zero-emission vehicles by the year 2035.
Signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, the new legislation also sets a similar goal for medium and heavy-duty trucks in New York state, but with the target year of 2045. As it stands, the signed legislation is similar to a policy statement or executive order, as it directs a state agency—namely the Department of Environmental Conservation—to propose regulations that will require increased volumes of zero-emission vehicles to be offered for sale with the goal of achieving a 100 percent mark by 2035.
The law also requires that a zero-emission vehicle strategy be developed by 2023, which will then be used by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create programs and policies to actually promote EV sales.
The law effectively compels state agencies to phase out sales of gas- and diesel-engined vehicles and trucks by a certain date through agency rules. To reach the final goal, further legislation and agency rules, complete with enforcement mechanisms, will be needed.