New York State is the latest U.S. body politic to implement a ban on gasoline and diesel vehicle sales.
Governor Hochul signed legislation this week that will require all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero-emissions by 2035. In addition, the law will require all new off-road vehicles, like ATVs and side-by-sides, as well as other powered equipment, to be zero-emissions by 2035. New medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles will also have to be battery-electric by 2045.
In a statement released Thursday, Hochul called the legislation “the nation’s most aggressive plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate.”
“The new law and regulation mark a critical milestone in our efforts and will further advance the transition to clean electric vehicles, while helping to reduce emissions in communities that have been overburdened by pollution from cars and trucks for decades,” she added.
While truck manufacturers will only be allowed to sell EVs by 2045, they will have to begin offering battery-electric products much sooner than that. Truck companies would be required to meet a certain annual sales percentage of zero-emission trucks, which will vary among vehicle weight classes, beginning with the 2025 model year. By the 2035 model year, at least 55 percent of all new Class 2b-3 pickup trucks and vans, 75 percent of all new Class 4-8 trucks, and 40 percent of all new Class 7-8 tractors sold in New York State must be zero-emission. Hochul says this requirement follows the template set by the California Advanced Clean Trucks Rule.
In April, the governors of 12 U.S. states wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to implement a nationwide ban on new gasoline vehicle sales by 2035. The letter was signed by the governors of California, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington State and Rhode Island. The letter also pushed for the White House to implement new purchase incentives to drive the adoption of electric utility trucks and vans.