New York joins California in setting 2035 zero-emission passenger car goal

September 14, 2021

New York has become the second US state to sign legislation requiring passenger cars and light-duty trucks to be zero-emission from 2035, paving the way for uptake of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to be accelerated.

Following in California’s footsteps, New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday (Sep 8) signed the bill that effectively bans the sale of diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles in favour or zero emission alternatives like hydrogen FCEVs, battery-electric and plug-in hybrid.

The legislation also requires medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles to be zero-emission by 2045.

“New York is implementing the nation’s most aggressive plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate and too reach our ambitious goals, we must reduce emissions from the transportation sector, currently the largest source of the state’s climate pollution,” Governor 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.”

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