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Gov. Hochul wants all NY sold cars to have zero emissions by 2035

Gov. Kathy Hochul stands behind a podium in the middle of two flags.
Mike Groll
Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul
Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers a COVID-19 update in the Red Room at the State Capitol, Sept. 15, 2021.

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to follow California’s lead by requiring all new cars, pick-ups, and SUVs sold in the state to be zero emissions by 2035.

Hochul’s announcement coincides with National Drive Electric Week. A release from the governor’s office said a new regulation will require increasing the percentage of vehicle sales to be zero emission, or electric, starting with 35% in 2026. That would increase to 68% of sales by 2030, then all sales in 2035.

Meanwhile, the state will impose new pollutant standards for gas-powered vehicles between 2026 and 2035.

The regulation does provide manufacturers with flexibility in meeting the emission requirements and transitioning to zero-emission vehicles.

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