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Bill requiring all electric vehicles by 2035 awaits Cuomo’s signature

Finding a car could look a lot different in the next 15 years.

The state legislature approved a bill that would require auto dealerships in New York to only sell or lease zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

The bill awaits the governor’s signature.

It comes along with the state’s overall climate plan, which includes reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 85%.

The bill also requires a number of state agencies to bump up availability of charging stations around New York. At this point, it’s not clear how the state will get there.

While there are plenty of advocacy groups pushing for a move to electric vehicles- owning one in many communities outside of major metros is a challenge. It’s also worth noting that- at the moment at least- Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature is not guaranteed.

Per data released in 2019 the average cost of an electric vehicle decreased by $10,000, but still cost on average approximately $55,000.