Looking to the future: New York is joining other states and countries in setting a date when sales of gasoline vehicles will end. A new law will require all new cars to be zero emissions by 2035. The Senate and State Assembly passed the bill and Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul signed it into law last week. It is hoped that the move will help reduce New York’s carbon pollution by 35%, which would go some way towards meeting its climate target of reducing carbon emissions to 85% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Ars Technica notes that New York will have to convince many locals that electric vehicles are the way to go. Currently, only 1% of vehicles sold in the state are electric. Ensuring that 100% of all vehicles sold are zero-emission type in just 14 years is no small feat.
In addition, off-road vehicles and equipment sold in the state must also be zero emissions by 2035, while medium and heavy vehicles have until 2045. The law states that the zero emission rule will only be zero. required that “as far as possible. “
The shortage of charging stations is often cited as the reason many people are wary of electric vehicles. New York will need to install a large-scale fast-charging network statewide if it is to get people to embrace electric vehicles, with charging stations in apartments, grocery stores, malls, streets and parking lots. By 2050, the city predicts it will need 800,000 level 2 chargers and 60,000 fast chargers.
In January, Massachusetts announced that gasoline-powered car sales would be banned in the state from 2035, under the same rules announced by California in 2020. Washington state attempted to pass a similar law more early this year, with the deadline set for 2030, but Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed it.
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Many countries ban the sale of gasoline vehicles in 2030, 2035 or 2040, including the UK, Japan, China and Germany. Norway and South Korea aim to do the same by 2025.
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