Insight: New York is joining states and other countries to set a date for the end of sales of gas-powered cars. Under the new law, all new cars will have zero emissions by 2035. The bill was approved by the US Senate and House of Representatives, and was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Katie Hochhol last week. It is hoped that the measure will help reduce New York's carbon pollution by 35 percent, which will partly achieve its climate goal of cutting carbon emissions 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
Ars Technica points out that New York must convince many of its residents that electric cars are the way to go. Currently, only 1% of cars sold in the state are electric. Ensuring that all cars sold in just 14 years are 100% free of pollution is no easy feat.
In addition, off-road vehicles and equipment sold in the state must have zero emissions by 2035. Medium and heavy vehicles will have a chance until 2045. The law states that the zero emissions law is only required “if possible” ".
The lack of charging stations is often cited as a reason many people are cautious about electric cars. If people want to use EV, they need charging stations in apartments, grocery stores, malls, streets and parking lots, New York should install a large fast charging network across the state. By 2050, the city expects it will need 800,000 Level 2 chargers and 60,000 fast chargers.
In January, Massachusetts announced that it would ban the sale of gas-powered cars in the state beginning in 2035. Announced in 2020 by California. Washington state tried to pass the same law earlier this year and set a deadline of 2030, but Democratic Governor Jay Inslee opposed it.
Several countries have banned the sale of gas-powered cars in 2030, 2035 or 2040, including Britain, Japan, China and Germany. Norway and South Korea plan to do the same by 2025.
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New York bans gas-powered cars until 2035