The US state of New York is considering joining California by launching their own phase-out of gas-fueled vehicles by 2035. This is what state senator Pete Harckham hopes to achieve with legislation S.9008 to amend the state Environmental Conservation Law.
Vehicles affected by the gas phase-out in 2035 would include cars and trucks, as well as off-road vehicles and equipment. An additional deadline would be set for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles to be banned from sales by 2045.
The provision would also see the state Motor Vehicles and Transportation departments directed “to find near-term actions and investment strategies to improve environmentally-friendly transportation, sustainable freight and transit options” by 15 January 2021, while the state council would be given until 31 January 2021 to develop a zero-emissions vehicle market strategy.
“New York’s Climate Change Act outlines nation-leading climate targets,” Harckham wrote in his legislative justification. “To reach the goal of 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we need to aggressively pursue benchmarks that will reduce emissions from our personal vehicles. Personal transportation accounts for roughly 20% of American’s greenhouse gas emissions.”
Whether New York will join California in their electrification efforts has yet to be given a debate date at this point.
California Governor Gavin Newsom had announced that from 2035 only emission-free cars might be sold in the state only this September. By 2045 every new commercial utility vehicle will have to be emission-free.
California is home to the largest electric car market in the USA. The state has propelled this forward with a number of both municipal and state political measures. California has been trying to tackle the problem of pollution for years with various restrictions on emissions from cars. The quotas laid down in the ‘ZEV mandate’ (Zero Emission Vehicle), are based on an exemption regulation that has presented a thorn in the side of the Trump administration, particularly because more states are increasingly adopting the Californian ZEV mandate.