New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

By Paul Riegler on 30 September 2022
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A Mercedes-Benz diesel-powered E350 sedan at the factory delivery center in Sindelfingen, Germany

New York is the latest state that plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The move, officials say, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting more electric vehicles on the road.

The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, had announced plans to take this step in 2021 but the state could not act because, under the Clean Air Act of 1970, California is the only state that can set its own environmental rules, although other states can then follow.

“We had to wait for California,” Hochul said at a news conference on Thursday.

California announced similar rules ending the sale of petrol-powered vehicles earlier in the year.

Hochul said that she was directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to implement the new regulation.

The new rules will apply to all new car sales as well as to those of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, the governor said.  The regulations would establish annual targets for the share of zero-emission vehicles automakers must sell in the state in the runup to 2035.  Starting in 2026, that percentage must be 35% and it will increase to 68% by 2030, and then 100% by 2035.

A number of automakers have already announced plans to phase out petrol-powered automobiles.

Last year, at least six major automakers – including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, and Volvo — and 30 national governments pledged during the COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow  to work toward phasing out sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide, and by 2035 in “leading markets.”

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