New York state is joining California in banning all sales of new gasoline cars by 2035 which politicians and environmental groups say will help accelerate efforts to reduce global warming emissions and get more electric cars on the road.
New York Governor Cathy Hochhol, D, announced Thursday that she is directing the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to implement the regulations. These regulations will reportedly be introduced by the end of the year.
Hochul, who first announced the goal last year, said the state couldn’t move forward until California formally approved its own regulations — which it did last month, banning the sale of new gasoline cars and trucks by 2035.
“We had to wait for California to make a move because there are some federal requirements that California has to start with,” Hochul told reporters at a news conference Thursday.
In August, the California Air Resources Board moved to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars starting in 2035. The 1970 Clean Air Act gave California the ability to set its own environmental rules, and other states could choose to adopt them.
East and West united in zero-emission targets
Hochhol said New York’s rules, like California’s, will apply to all new cars, vans and SUVs. The regulations will set annual targets for the share of zero-emission cars that automakers must sell in the state, starting at 35% in 2026, increasing to 68% by 2030, and 100% by 2035.
Hochul said $175 million in federal funds from the 2021 Infrastructure and Jobs Investment Act will go toward building electric vehicle charging stations.
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A typical passenger car emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, so moving away from the internal combustion engine is a vital step in the fight against climate change.
At the same time, replacing all those gas-powered engines with batteries remains a challenge. Electric car manufacturers are gaining momentum in the United States with a number of them investing billions in building their own battery factories, but these factories are not expected to grow for years.
Gas engines are already being phased out
Several automakers have already said they are working toward the eventual phase-out of gas-powered vehicles.
But not all of them. stronghold (FEarlier this month it revealed its seventh-generation sports car, a Mustang, which will often feature a lot of pistons and other moving parts that require oil, gasoline and sparks to make the wheels spin — and make a lot of noise and carbon emissions while doing so.
This unusual move came with rival Ford General Motors (GM(She revealed her own plan to beat Tesla)TSLA) in her game of a $30,000 electric car for everyone. It also came on the same day that President Joe Biden announced the first round of funding for an electric vehicle charging network across 35 states.
Nationally, President Biden has set a voluntary goal of having half of US car sales be zero-emissions by 2030. Ford itself is working to push its dealers to become “certified electric vehicles” by October 31.