ALBANY – A bill that would require all new passenger vehicles sold in New York to run solely on electric energy has passed the state’s senate.
The legislation directs the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation to establish regulations stating that 100% of new passenger vehicles sold are electric by 2035 and that medium and heavy-duty vehicles sold are electric by 2045.
By doing so, the bill ensures a smooth and orderly process to fully electrify all vehicles in New York.
With more than 11 million vehicles registered in the state, the proposed law’s sponsors say the transportation sector is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, with much of that air pollution disproportionally affecting low-income communities and communities of color.
As air pollution leads to higher cases of lung and cardiovascular disease, Black and brown communities have been hit hard by COVID-19.
The bill now heads to Governor Cuomo’s desk for his signature.