It all started (in the US) when California decided that gas (ICE) vehicles needed to go in an attempt to slow pollution and ready the world for the future (or, force them into the future). The state effectively banned the sale of new ICE vehicles beginning in 2035. This means that you’ll only be able to get your hands on used ICE vehicles from that point forward.
Things like this usually begin in the Golden State (CA) and eventually become adopted by other states until the whole country is on board. Those dominos are now falling as New York has taken the legal stick from there to sign its own mandates into effect.
For New York, it is split between two groups and deadlines. All new cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles will need to be zero-emissions by 2035. Mid-sized to heavy-duty vehicles, for some reason, get an extension to 2045. Maybe because state of NY believes they are a little harder to roll into the bandwagon. However, as we have seen from companies like Tesla, Nikola, and even Ford, this isn’t so much the case.
NEW: All new vehicles sold in New York must be zero emissions by 2035.
By revving up our clean transportation transition and making major investments to make EVs more accessible, we’re supercharging our fight against climate change. #NationalDriveElectricWeek pic.twitter.com/AWvSjK8b7D
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 29, 2022
Larger EV solutions are being announced more often as of late and we plan to see many of them on the road by mid to late next year. Regardless, companies have plenty of time to figure things out before these laws begin cracking down on them.
Of course, so much demand to move away from gas is only going to make things all the harder. So, hopefully, companies like Tesla get their future off-grid solutions operating before too long (ie, the coming V4 Superchargers).
It isn’t 100% just yet as there are still some pieces to define here and there before the state has a ready-to-go gameplan surrounding what or how exactly it is going to be enforced.
But, now that both CA and NY are on board, it won’t be long before the other states start joining in. Onward! At least, until the next major solar flare hits Earth.