The sale of internal combustion engine-powered passenger cars and trucks will be banned in the state of New York by 2035, according to new legislation. The bill, which is awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also sets a 2045 deadline for the electrification of all new medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks.
Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation since he has previously indicated his support for a push towards electric vehicles. The Governor has support at the federal level from the Biden administration. The administration has vowed to spend up to $174 billion to aid the adoption of zero-emission vehicles across the United States. Zero-emission vehicles can include battery-powered electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
A week before the New York legislation passed the State Senate, Cuomo joined 11 other governors in signing a letter to Biden urging the adoption of a 2035 target for all new vehicle sales to be zero emissions.
“By establishing a clear regulatory path to ensuring that all vehicles sold in the United States are zero-emission, we can finally clear the air and create high-road jobs,” explains the letter. “Moving quickly towards a zero-emission transportation future will protect the health of all communities.”