NY Sets 2035 Goal for Zero Emissions Autos

By Staff Writer September 13, 2021

Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation setting a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero-emissions by 2035.

Under the new law, new off-road vehicles and equipment sold in New York are targeted to be zero-emissions by 2035, and new medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045. The law also requires the development of a zero-emissions vehicle development strategy by 2023, which will be led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

In addition, the governor directed the Department of Environmental Conservation to release a proposed regulation that would significantly reduce air pollution from trucks. If adopted, the regulation would accelerate zero-emission truck sales, resulting in improved air quality statewide and in particular those communities disproportionately impacted by transportation-related pollution.

The moves are made to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector, she said.

New York's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050, as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA.

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