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Following California, New York Mandates Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

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All new cars sold in New York State must be zero emissions by 2035, Governor Kathy Hochul announced(Opens in a new window) today.

Hochul directed the State Department of Environmental Conservation to take action that will require all new passenger cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs sold in the region to be zero emissions over the next 13 years, which means(Opens in a new window) battery electric, fuel-cell, or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

It’s a phased plan that dictates an increasing percentage over the coming years, starting with 35% of sales by 2026, then 68% by 2030, and 100% by 2035. “This is a crucial regulatory step to achieving significant greenhouse gas emission reductions from the transportation sector,” Hochul's office said in a statement.

Transportation is the largest source of emissions nationwide, accounting for 27% of the total(Opens in a new window). Hochul says the state will continue its existing rebate program, which provides $2,000 per vehicle to help customers offset the cost of an electric vehicle.

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