In 2021, Gov. Hochul signed legislation making it an official goal of the state that by 2035 all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York would be zero-emission vehicles. This was further underscored in the recent CLCPA Scoping Plan, published in the twilight of 2022.
These edicts taken together show that the New York State government has no problem redesigning a broad swath of the economy — despite evidence that, even without government coercion, the transition to electric vehicles will likely happen naturally via the market by about 2051.
By rushing the transition unnecessarily, climate advocates in government threaten to hurt moderate- to low-income New Yorkers who will need a new vehicle before the transition is complete — and likely long after.