New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that the State will move forward on its goal of requiring all new cars and trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035.
According to the state regulations set to be charted by the end of the year, New York State would require 35% of new vehicle sales to be zero-emission vehicles in 2026, 68% by 2030, and 100% by 2035. Under the proposed rules, people wouldn’t have to give up gas-powered vehicles and could continue to buy and sell them secondhand.
“We’re really putting our foot down the accelerator, and revving up our efforts to make sure we have this transition,” Hochul said at a news conference. “We had to wait for California to take a step because there’s some federal requirements. … But once they made that decision, we were able to step up immediately and say, ‘Now there’s nothing holding us back.’”
Under the Clean Air Act, states can either abide by the U.S. government’s vehicle emissions standards or choose to follow California’s stricter requirements. New York is one of 17 states that either partially or fully follow California’s standards. California regulators decided last month to require all new vehicles sold in that state to be powered by electricity or hydrogen by 2035.
New York lawmakers passed a law last year that set a goal of making all passenger cars and trucks emissions-free by 2035, but it couldn’t put that plan into motion until California acted, which is now possible.