New York State Pushing to Ban Gasoline Vehicle Sales

The ban would take full effect by 2035.

QUICK FACTS:
  • New York State is working toward all new passenger cars, pickup trucks, school buses, and SUVs sold in the state generating zero emissions by 2035.
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said Thursday she is directing state regulators to focus on the change aimed at “cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.”
  • The State is mirroring California’s recently approved regulation with similar perimeters through which Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) banned the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
  • President Joe Biden has also already called for 50% of new vehicles sold in the United States to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030 but has been less specific about the total phase-out date.
NEW YORK’S POWER PROBLEM:
  • As in California, New Yorkers looking to move to electric vehicles will have to take into account the potential power issues facing the state’s grid.
  • Residents of the state struggled last summer, particularly in the densely populated city areas, as officials reportedly pleaded with New Yorkers to not use any high-energy appliances.
  • The rising heat led to a “danger” to the city’s electrical grid causing then-Mayor Bill de Blasio to encourage residents to conserve as much as possible.
  • “We want to tell everyone: If you don’t need to use something, if you don’t need to do laundry, if you don’t need to use your microwave, if you don’t need to use air conditioning or a lot of lights — turn off anything you don’t need,” de Blasio said at the NYC Emergency Management agency’s headquarters in Brooklyn.
  • California has had similar power issues, leaving some to question how the grid will be able to handle the increased load electric vehicles pose on the system as they require constant charging.
BACKGROUND:
  • American Faith previously reported that just days after California banned the sale of new gas vehicles in the coming years, residents were asked not to charge their electric vehicles.
  • Included in the grid operators’ request was that air condition units be turned up to 78 degrees and those with electric vehicles avoid charging them. They also asked that unnecessary appliances be turned off.
  • Californians were told by officials that lowering their power usage will prevent “more drastic measures, including rotating power outages.”