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New York Sets 2035 Zero-Emission Passenger Car Goal

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed into law a bill that sets a goal for all new passenger cars and light-duty trucks to be zero-emission models by 2035, joining the state of California in attempting to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles. The law directs setting regulations requiring higher numbers of zero-emission vehicles with a goal of “100 percent of in-state sales by 2035,” and a similar target for medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045 if feasible. The U.S. government is seeking to promote the sales of electric vehicles to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and help meet global goals to slow human-caused climate change. In August, President Joe Biden took a step toward his goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions with an executive order aimed at making half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 electric, a goal made with backing from the biggest U.S. automakers. But Biden has …

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