Two of the five largest states in America seem to be taking
EVpolicy into their own hands, not waiting for the federal government to make more sweeping measures.
Recently, New York State Governor, Kathy Hochul, announced that her state would be following California’s lead in requiring that all
vehicles sold in New Yorkbe electric or plug-in-electric by 2035.
Despite being on opposite sides of the country, the two states have always had a similar ideological bend and this measure seems to only reaffirm that closeness.
What does New York’s EV measure entail?
The mandate will begin setting yearly rising zero-emission vehicle rules starting in 2026 that scale up to a total ban on gas car sales by 2035.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) began to lay the groundwork for the plan in 2020 when California governor, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive directing the move.
The CARB plan will reduce smog-causing pollution from light-duty vehicles by 25% by 2037 and result in 9.5 million fewer conventional vehicles sold by 2035.
Automakers must make 68% of sales by 2030 as EVs or plug-ins and by 2035 can sell no more than 20% of models as plug-in hybrids.
Other states’ EV plans
California, and now New York, have by far the most strict of the EV policies. Hochul believes that with sustained efforts and incentivizing on multiple levels, this goal will be achieved.
Joe Biden has made strong pushesfor the federal government to follow suit, he’s nowhere close to the California and New York proposals.
His goal is to have 50% of vehicle sales be EVs or plug-in hybrids by 2030, but has stopped shy of endorsing a full phase-out date.
While Colorado also has aggressive legislature with regards to EVs, a spokesperson for the Colorado environmental told Reuters that, “Colorado is certainly not California and Colorado has our own plan.”
It would seem that some states, while intentionally wanting to move in a more EV-minded direction, just aren’t ready to make a leap quite as big as the two coastal juggernauts.
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