Another country has just taken a bold step towards a zero-emissions future, ensuring that combustion-engine vehicles leave the roads. New York Governor Kathy Hochhol announce (Opens in a new tab) That, from 2035, all new car sales should be zero-emissions.
In other words, this prohibits the sale of all new cars with an internal combustion engine, regardless of whether they run on gasoline or diesel. This necessarily means that you will have to drive an electric car.
Here’s what the combustion vehicle ban in New York means, and how it will affect you when it goes into effect.
What does this mean for New York State?
New York’s combustion engine ban is very similar to California’s, which was ratified last month, and many of ICE’s pending bans in other parts of the world. The simple release is that from 2035, you won’t be able to buy a brand-new combustion engine car in New York State.
Like California, New York will take a tiered approach and phase out sales of combustion engines over several years. The first goal is to ensure that 35% of car sales are zero-emissions by 2026, followed by 68% in 2030. By 2035, all new car sales should be zero-emissions.
Emphasize the new part, because it means selling new cars and not all car sales. Although not specifically mentioned in Governor Hochul’s address, the fact that this directive will only affect new cars means that the used car market should not be affected. That’s what’s happening in California, and everywhere else with proven firefighting timelines.
So, if you still need a gasoline car by 2035, you don’t need to take a trip to New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Simply take a trip to the nearest used car dealership, and hope they don’t try to rob you.
What’s the deal with hybrid cars?
It’s also not clear what this means for the hybrid components. Technically, plug-in hybrid cars emit no emissions when run on battery power. But it’s also not entirely zero-emissions, because it’s capable of running on gasoline — and has fairly poor electric ranges to boot.
For example, the plug-in Prius Prime can only travel 25 miles on battery power alone, and the best plug-in hybrid (Polestar 1) has a maximum battery range of 90 miles. If an electric car of this type of range were launched today, it would be laughed at by the roads.
Plug-in hybrids are typically held to different standards, compared to cars and hybrids without plug-in capabilities. In the UK, sales of new combustion engines will be banned from 2030, while plug-in hybrid cars will not be phased out until 2035. Similarly, California will allow plug-in sales from 2035, but it will be restricted to 20% of all cars Sold. It is assumed that it will be phased out over time.
New York has not provided any specifics, and even then, the status of the plug-in hybrids is unclear. Fortunately, there are 13 years to put things in perspective.
The state of the electric vehicle market can (and should) change
If you have concerns about electric cars, whether it comes to pricing or the availability of charging, just remember that 13 years is a long time. Things can and will change, especially as more automakers jump into electric and start producing more electric cars.
Right now, electric cars are a more affordable option, and recent numbers suggest that The average cost of an EV is $66K — compared to an average of $48,000 for a non-EV. The cheapest electric car on sale in the US is the Chevy Bolt, which starts at $25,600, while others under $40,000 are free and spaced out.
Actually our list of cheapest electric cars Only eight cars on it. The only reason for this is that we only found 8 electric vehicles that can be purchased for less than $40,000 in the US. And it’s cheap for a reason, usually thanks to the weak range.
But automakers already have it Set their own deadlines for electrifying their offers. For many, this is due to the fact that the European car market will become electric much faster than the United States. Others realize that electric cars have a brighter future, and want to jump in the bandwagon as quickly as possible. Others seem to do so reluctantly, but they play along regardless.
In any case, the amount of choice will rise sharply before the end of the contract. And while a lot of automakers start out with luxury models, we’ve already seen more and better competition in the cheaper segments. Two years ago, the 114-mile Mini SE was the cheapest EV, and the only one that sold for less than $30,000.
Then Nissan Leaf cut its prices last year, followed by the Chevy Bolt and the Chevy Bolt EUV earlier this year. Progress is slow, but it shows how willing automakers seem to be undermining each other — something that can only increase as more cars are dumped into the market.
Additionally, with more electric vehicles on the roads, this means there will be a greater push to introduce public charging facilities. More chargers, more proactive repairs and services, faster speeds etc.
The White House already Allocating funding for new chargers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., covering 75,000 miles of highway. As more electric vehicles hit the roads, charging networks are likely to expand and take advantage of the increased demand.