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Utility Dive: New York Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring All New Vehicle Sales be Zero-Emissions by 2035

Posted by Robert Walton on Apr 29, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the New York legislature’s measure to adopt a 100% ZEV target, citing AEE’s Electrifying New York Report and quoting Ryan Gallentine on how the state can meet its ambitious new goal. Read snippets below and the full story here.

New York lawmakers on April 26 passed legislation to require all sales of new passenger cars and trucks in the state be zero emission by 2035. The measure now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, to sign or veto…

If Cuomo signs legislation banning the sale of internal combustion engine passenger vehicles, "it will be a really great first step," said Harris. But eliminating emissions from the transportation sector will ultimately require development of a broader EV marketplace including charging infrastructure…

The legislation also appears consistent with the recommendations of a report released Thursday by Advanced Energy Economy, which concludes New York needs to "substantially" boost EV adoption to meet a state goal of having 850,000 ZEVs on the road by 2025.

The state should consider requiring "100% of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks be zero-emissions by 2035, 100% of medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045, and 100% of off-road vehicles and equipment by 2035," according to the report.

Meeting those goals, the report said would require a host of new policies "such as increasing consumer choice by opening up the state to direct sales and addressing upfront cost barriers by providing consumers with more financial incentives," according to the report, "Electrifying New York," which was prepared for AEE by BW Research Partnership.

New York has ambitious emissions reduction goals, ZEV deployment goals, and now EV sales goals, said AEE Director Ryan Gallentine, who leads the group's transportation work. 

"But the state is behind where they need to be on both vehicle deployment and charging infrastructure to meet any of these goals," Gallentine said in an email. State lawmakers have a "real opportunity" to electrify the transportation sector he said, but added, "more must be done at both the regulatory and executive levels to successfully electrify vehicles in the state."

"Because vehicle fleets take years to turn over, those policies must be put in place quickly to meet the ambitious goals," he said.

Read the full story here.

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