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Friday, 10 September 2021 22:19

NY to Ban Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sept. 8 announced new actions to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector.

Hochul signed legislation (A.4302/S.2758), setting a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero-emissions by 2035.

 

In addition, Hochul directed the Department of Environmental Conservation to release a proposed regulation that would significantly reduce air pollution from trucks. If adopted, the regulation would accelerate zero-emission truck sales, resulting in improved air quality statewide and in particular those communities disproportionately impacted by transportation-related pollution.

 

The actions announced in advance of Climate Week 2021 support New York's ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050, as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA.

 

"New York is implementing the nation's most aggressive plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate and to reach our ambitious goals, we must reduce emissions from the transportation sector, currently the largest source of the state's climate pollution," Hochul said. "The new law and regulation mark a critical milestone in our efforts and will further advance the transition to clean electric vehicles, while helping to reduce emissions in communities that have been overburdened by pollution from cars and trucks for decades."  

 

Under the new law, new off-road vehicles and equipment sold in New York are targeted to be zero-emissions by 2035, and new medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

 

The law also requires the development of a zero-emissions vehicle development strategy by 2023, which will be led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to expedite the implementation of the state policies and programs necessary to achieve the law's new goals.

 

"Today's announcement demonstrates New York's commitment to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions from the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "The codification of our EV goals and Advanced Clean Track regulation will...


...combat the detrimental effects of climate change while reducing ozone, particulate matter and mobile source air toxic pollution in communities that have borne the brunt of pollution from vehicles for far too long.

 

"When adopted, this new regulation will require an increasing percentage of all new trucks sold in New York to be zero-emissions vehicles beginning with the 2025 model year, cementing our state as a national leader on actions to address climate change while spurring economic opportunities and helping to reduce air pollution."

 

"Stronger regulations to reduce emissions will help our communities, particularly in densely populated, underserved areas, which typically face higher levels of pollution from trucks and vehicles," said NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris. "Today's announcement will help create a more sustainable future, meaning all New Yorkers can embrace a lower carbon footprint and healthier places to live and work, as we accelerate toward meeting New York State's clean transportation goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act." 

 

Using California's Advanced Clean Trucks Rule as a template, the proposed regulation would require truck manufacturers to transition to clean, electric zero-emission vehicles. Truck manufacturers would be required to meet a certain annual sales percentage of zero-emission trucks, which will vary among vehicle weight classes, beginning with model year 2025.

 

By the 2035 model year, at least 55% of all new Class 2b-3 pickup trucks and vans, 75% of all new Class 4-8 trucks and 40% of all new Class 7-8 tractors sold in New York State will be zero-emission. The proposed regulation provides medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers with several compliance options and would require a one-time reporting from applicable truck fleets.

 

Many of New York's disadvantaged communities, predominantly home to low-income Black, Indigenous and People of Color, are adjacent to industrial facilities and transit routes with heavy truck traffic. The proposed regulation would help address disproportionate risks and health and pollution burdens affecting these communities and puts New York on the path towards all zero-emission short-haul drayage fleet in ports and railyards, and zero-emission "last-mile" delivery trucks and vans.

 

Source: New York State Office of the Governor

 

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