On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that will require all passenger vehicles sold in the state to be completely emission-free by 2035.

99.1 The Whale logo
Get our free mobile app

What this means is that 100 percent of new passenger vehicles in New York state must be electric by 2035. Additionally, the law states that all medium and heavy-duty vehicles must be completely electric by 2045.

New York is the second state, after California, to phase out gas-powered vehicles in favor of electric vehicles. Supporters of the law explain that requiring new vehicles to be electric will help phase out those vehicles that emit greenhouse gases.

In a statement, Houchl said, "...we must reduce emissions from the transportation sector, currently the largest source of the state's climate pollution." Houchl continued, "The new law and regulation mark a critical milestone in our efforts."

Although it will be 14 years until the law completely goes into effect, it appears that New York car lots will see an influx in electric vehicles as soon as within the next four years. According to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, "When adopted, this new regulation will require an increasing percentage of all new trucks sold in New York to be zero-emissions vehicles beginning with the 2025 model year."

The Biden administration hopes to cut emissions in the United States in half by 2030 with the ultimate goal of completely cutting out emissions by 2050. With New York and California passing their own laws ending the sale of gas-powered vehicles, other states are expected to follow.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

LOOK: Route 66’s quirkiest and most wonderful attractions state by state

Stacker compiled a list of 50 attractions--state by state--to see along the drive, drawing on information from historic sites, news stories, Roadside America, and the National Park Service. Keep reading to discover where travelers can get their kicks on Route 66.

More From 99.1 The Whale