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Friday, 07 May 2021 17:24

Bill Requiring Zero Emissions for New Vehicles in NY by 2035 Heads to Governor

Written by New York State Sen. Pete Harckham

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New York is now just the governor’s signature away from a zero-emissions future on its roadways, as legislation from State Sen. Pete Harckham and State Assemblyman Steve Englebright requiring all in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks be zero emission by 2035 has been approved by the State Legislature.

The legislation now heads to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for approval.

 

A further stipulation of the bill is that all in-state sales of medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks be zero emissions by 2045. Similar sales of off-road vehicles and power equipment will also be expected to be zero emissions by 2035.

 

“Requiring vehicles to be entirely free of carbon and other toxic emissions is the best way to ramp up our fight against climate change,” said Harckham, a member of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation. “We need to take decisive action right now, and I am heartened that a number of other states have realized this as well.

 

"Together, we can make a difference, but it is going to take an all-out initiative to save our planet, and this is how New York and other states can impact the environment.”

 

“We need to take aggressive action and end carbon pollution to successfully combat the climate crisis,” said Englebright, chair of Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. “Transitioning to zero-emission vehicles in New York will definitely help reduce the dangerous pollutants that are harming our environment and causing myriad health problems for our residents. Also, building cleaner cars will mean more new manufacturing and service jobs across the country.”

 

Building on the landmark New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) passed in 2019, the new legislation is similar to recent mandates issued in California regarding zero emission vehicles to fight air pollution and increased production of greenhouse gases.

 

To date, only California has adopted a zero emission law for vehicles. The new laws are causing...


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