New York Governor to DEC: All Vehicles Must Be Zero Emissions
If everything pans out the way New York Governor Kathy Hochul hopes it will, she and the Department of Environmental Conservation will work together to ensure that all new vehicles in the state of New York are completely zero emissions.
On Thursday, September 29, Governor Hochul announced at a briefing in White Plains that plans are well underway in the state of New York to transition all vehicles to electric. Her announcement came on the heels of President Biden making an announcement that a $5 billion dollar plan is in the works to create a network of charging stations for electric vehicles.
Of the $5 billion dollars to be distributed in the United States, New York will receive $170,000, per Governor Hochul, and that money will be used to add charging stations to each of the 14 interstates spread through the state.
Governor Hochul also announced another initiative to sweeten the pot for anyone who is looking to purchase an electric vehicle by saying that she is adding an additional $10 million dollars into the state's Drive Clean Rebate program.
Additionally, Governor Hochul also stated that she is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation to take all necessary action to ensure that all new passenger cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs that are sold in New York state are absolutely zero emissions and no later than 2035, including making sure that school buses are made to be electric.
Hochul said, "New York is a national climate leader and an economic powerhouse, and we're using our strength to help spur innovation and implementation of zero-emission vehicles on a grand scale."
Governor Hochul continued, "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."
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