ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Monday, a bill requiring all cars sold in New York to be electric by 2035 passed the New York State Senate and now heads to the Governor for his signature. The bill was sponsored by Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright and Senator Pete Harckham.

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, Assemblyman Englebright and State Senator Harckham 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.