California has passed a new rule that will mandate all commercial trucks and vans sold in the state to be zero-emission vehicles by 2045. This is a follow up on the states’ 2018 decision that compels transit agencies to purchase all-electric buses from 2029.
In addition to this, California has other milestones to hit in order to make the industry more eco-friendly. California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), for example, wants half of all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035.
Also, All short-haul drayage vehicles in ports and rail yards must be zero-emission by 2035 too. Lastly, the CARB mandates all last-mile delivery trucks and vans to be switched over by 2040. The regulator is persistently pushing the rules even mandating that some smaller sales requirements take effect as early as 2024.
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According to CARB, diesel trucks account for 70 percent of the state’s smog-causing pollution. They also account for 80 percent of diesel soot emitted, despite just constituting 7 percent of vehicles on California roads.
“For decades, while the automobile has grown cleaner and more efficient, the other half of our transportation system has barely moved the needle on clean air. Diesel vehicles are the workhorses of the economy, and we need them to be part of the solution to persistent pockets of dirty air in some of our most disadvantaged communities,” head of CARB, Mary Nichols said in a statement.
Groups within California’s trucking industry, however, have been pushing back on the rules. However, companies like GM, Daimler, Tesla, Volvo, and others, are already developing trucks compliant with the rules.
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