New York Governor Signs Bill Setting Goal to Ban Sales of Diesel-Powered Vehicles

Albany, NY – New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has signed legislation calling for a ban on all sales of new diesel-powered heavy duty trucks.

According to the Governor’s office, the legislation (A.4302/S.2758) sets a goal to require all sales of new medium and heavy-duty vehicles be zero-emission by 2045.


The law also requires the development of a zero-emissions vehicle development strategy by 2023, which will be led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to expedite the implementation of the State policies and programs necessary to achieve the law’s new goals.

Additionally, the bill also requires all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero-emissions by 2035.


“New York is implementing the nation’s most aggressive plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate and too reach our ambitious goals, we must reduce emissions from the transportation sector, currently the largest source of the state’s climate pollution,” Governor Hochul said.

New York lawmakers are using California’s first-in-the-world rule, known as the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation, as a template.


Just as in California’s ACT Rule, truck manufacturers in New York would be required to meet a certain annual sales percentage of zero-emission trucks, which will vary among vehicle weight classes, beginning with model year 2025.

By the 2035 model year, at least 55 percent of all new Class 2b-3 pickup trucks and vans, 75 percent of all new Class 4-8 trucks, and 40 percent of all new Class 7-8 tractors sold in New York State must be zero-emission.

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Governor Hochul said the currently proposed regulation would provide medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers with several compliance options and require a one-time reporting from applicable truck fleets.


Last year, 15 states — including New York — and the District of Columbia announced a joint memorandum of understanding, committing to work to fast-track the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks.

Each state governor is pledging that 100 percent of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales will be zero emission vehicles by 2050 with an interim target of 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.

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