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New York law: Goodbye To gas-powered vehicles by 2035

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On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation essentially prohibiting the sale of new internal combustion engine automobiles, off-road vehicles, light-duty trucks, and equipment by 2035.

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The proposal, presented by New York state senator Pete Harckham, also mandates that all new heavy- and medium-duty vehicles sold in New York have “zero emissions” by 2045.

The state of New York defines zero-emission cars as battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, or hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles, according to the website of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The new law could be a shot in the arm for automakers selling or planning electric vehicles, such as Tesla, start-ups such as Lucid Motors and Rivian, and incumbents such as Volkswagen and GM, which have shifted their focus to battery-powered electrics to meet consumer demand and comply with stricter environmental regulations. CNBC reported.

The governor’s office stated in a blog post introducing the new law on Wednesday that the changes assist New York’s goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050.

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According to the National Automobile Dealership Association, New York state accounted for around 6% of light-duty vehicle sales in the United States last year, as well as $60 billion in dealership income.

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