New York State Adopts California-style ZEV Mandate
Albany, New York - The State of New York has adopted California's vehicle-emissions standards that 10 percent of cars, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles sold starting with the 2004 model year to emit little or no air pollution, reports the Associated Press. Of the 10 percent, 40 percent must be zero-emission vehicles; 60 percent may be hybrid-electric cars that produce very low emissions.
The state's Environmental Board has given its final approval to the new guidelines, which also require diesel engines to meet the same emissions standard as gasoline-powered engines. Approximately 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. each year are sold in California and New York.
Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont are also considering adopting California's vehicle-emissions program. New York officials say the adoption of California's rules are part of its goal to cut emissions by 56 percent by 2020.
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