New York joins California in aiming to make all auto sales hybrid or electric by 2035

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New York is following California’s lead by requiring all new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the state to be either electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, Governor Kathy Hochul announced. To achieve this goal, 35% of new cars must be zero emissions by 2026 and 60% by 2030. New school buses must also be zero emissions by 2035. A public hearing will be held before the launch rules in place.

Hochul ordered the state environmental agency to create standards similar to those adopted by California that phase out all fossil fuel car sales by 2035. Those rules went into effect last month and have been designed to reduce passenger vehicle pollution by 25% by 2037, with 9.5 fewer internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles sold by 2035.

“We had to wait for California to make a move because there are federal requirements that California had to meet first — this is the only time we let them come first,” the governor said during an interview. a press conference yesterday.

The state is tracking California’s actions for a reason. The Clean Air Act allows California to set its own pollution rules, but other states are not allowed to do so. However, they can follow California once it acts – so California must lead the way with any emissions rules implemented by individual states.

The governor also unveiled a $10 million Drive Clean rebate program. This gives residents a $2,000 rebate for the purchase of more than 60 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, in addition to the $7,500 federal tax rebate. The state has spent $92 million on the program to date. The state also announced the installation of its 100th fast charger as part of the EVolve charging network.

“With sustained state and federal investments, our actions are inspiring New Yorkers, local governments and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles,” Hochul said.

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