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.”
A zero-emissions vehicle strategy is also set to be developed by 2023, which will be led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to expedite the implementation of the state policies and programs necessary to achieve the law’s new goals.
In the most aggressive legislation move taken by any state in the US in the climate change fight at the time, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September 2020 banning the sale of diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.
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