New York to Ban Gas-Powered Cars

New York to Ban Gas Powered Cars

( – State governments are jumping on the federal government’s coattails when it comes to creating new standards for automobile emissions. In September 2020, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring auto manufacturers to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2035. On Wednesday, September 8, New York took it one step further. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law to ban the sale of new gas-powered engine cars and trucks by 2035 as part of her plan to move the state closer to zero-emissions.

The state defines zero-emissions as any vehicle that runs on battery, plug-in hybrid-electric, or hydrogen fuel-celled technologies. The initiative aims to reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air pollution in one of America’s worst polluted states. The governor stated New York is leading the most aggressive push to reduce greenhouse gases and curb climate change. According to the governor, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles received a ten-year extension to 2045.

The legislation could be a boon to automakers selling or creating new electric vehicles. As public demand rises, the price of electric cars and trucks could come down significantly over the next 10 to 15 years. If things go according to the governor’s plans, the Empire State could reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 85% by 2050.

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