New York to Ban New Gas Car Sales by 2035, Following California

Another state is targeting a major shift to electric vehicles (EVs) by the mid-2030s, following California’s mandate on going emission-free.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) said on Thursday that the state will need to shift to selling only zero-emission vehicles by 2035, as reported by The Hill.

“We’re really putting our foot down on the accelerator and revving up our efforts to make sure we have this transition — not someday in the future, but on a specific date, a specific year — by the year 2035,” said Hochul during a recent press conference. “We actually have benchmarks to achieve, to show we’re on the path to get there.”

Hochul shared a number of EV initiatives and upcoming goals for the state, including the 2035 ban on gas car sales. To reach the milestone, Hochul added that 35 percent of vehicles sold need to be zero-emission by 2026, with 68 percent of them going electric by 2030.

New school buses purchased will have to be zero-emission by 2027, while entire fleets need to be zero emissions by 2035.

The news comes just months after California banned new gas car sales starting in 2035, which Hochul also noted in her announcement.

“We had to wait for California to take a step because there’s some federal requirements that California had to go first — that’s the only time we’re letting them go first,” she said.

The governor has instructed the State Department of Environmental Conservation to start the regulatory action needed to mandate all new passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the state to be zero emission by 2035.