New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced last week that the state intends to adopt California’s newest automotive standards, which were enacted in August, calling for all new light-duty vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be either electric or plug-in hybrids.
“With sustained state and federal investments, our actions are incentivizing New Yorkers, local governments, and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles. We’re driving New York’s transition to clean transportation forward, and today’s announcement will benefit our climate and the health of our communities for generations to come,” said Hochul.
As of model year 2026, 35% of new light-duty vehicle sales must be zero-emission vehicles; by 2030, 68% of sales must be zero-emission vehicles; and by 2035, 100% of sales must be zero-emission vehicles. Importantly, the requirement does not prohibit anyone from keeping or purchasing used internal combustion vehicles after 2035.