Enhancing Access to Zero-Emission Vehicles

Environmental Advocates Support this Bill

Explanation: 

The transportation sector is the largest source of climate pollution in New York, representing 34-percent of the state’s greenhouse gas portfolio. Emissions from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles in New York are equal to the total carbon dioxide output from all sources in the state of Maryland. To move people and goods, New Yorkers spend more than $20 billion a year on gasoline and diesel fuel that has to be imported to the state. 

There are over 11 million cars and light-duty trucks registered in New York State, roughly 20,000 of which are electric vehicles. Governor Cuomo, as part of a multi-state agreement, has committed New York to a goal of 850,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025. In order to meet that goal, the market for these vehicles must be accelerated. The Legislature took an important step in 2016, by taking the lead in the creation of New York’s electric vehicle rebate program which, when combined with federal tax credits, offers a benefit of up to $9,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle. This legislation provides more New Yorkers with more opportunities to take advantage of those benefits by increasing access to zero-emission vehicles by expanding the number of showrooms and service facilities that franchisors, distributors, and or manufacturers of zero-emission vehicles can register to operate in the state. The bill requires any franchisor, distributor, and or manufacturer that obtains a new certificate of registration to maintain at least one certificate in each of five defined regions across upstate New York, providing consumers access to the zero-emission vehicle market in areas where options have been limited.

Reducing and ultimately eliminating greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles is critical to addressing the impacts of climate change. Shifting the New York market from 11 million gas and diesel powered passenger vehicles to clean, zero-emission cars and trucks will make a big dent in the state’s climate pollution footprint, while keeping $20 billion per year in the hands of New Yorkers and away from oil companies located out of state.   

Summary: 

This legislation amends the vehicle and traffic law to increase to twenty, the number of showrooms and service facilities that franchisors, distributors, and or manufacturers of zero-emission vehicles can register to operate in the state. The bill requires any franchisor, distributor, and or manufacturer that obtains a new certificate of registration to maintain at least one certificate in each of five defined regions across upstate New York. 

Memo #: 

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