New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at an event to announce her choice of New York State Democratic Senator Brian Benjamin as lieutenant governor in the Harlem section of Manhattan on August 26, 2021 in New York.
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed a law effectively banning the sale of new internal combustion engine cars, all-terrain vehicles, pickup trucks and equipment until 2035.
The law introduced by New York State Senator Pete Harkham also requires new heavy and medium trucks for sale in New York to be in the “zero emission” category by 2045.
According to the New York Department of Environmental Protection website, the state defines zero-emission vehicles as: battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
The new law could be a boost for start-ups such as Tesla, Lucid Motors and Rivian, and automakers selling or considering selling electric vehicles such as Volkswagen and GM, which have used battery-powered vehicles to respond. at the request of consumers. Focused on electricity. and follow strict environmental regulations.
In a blog post announcing the new legislation on Wednesday, the governor’s office said the measures support New York’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.
New York state accounted for nearly 6% of light-duty vehicle sales in the United States last year and $ 60 billion in dealer revenue, according to data from the National Automobile Dealership Association.
New York is following California’s earlier efforts to move drivers to zero-emission vehicles. As CNBC previously reported, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September 2020 that would end all sales of new internal combustion engine vehicles in the state by 2035.