The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Thursday unanimously approved a first-in-the-world rule requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero emission trucks beginning in 2024.
The Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Rule will help slash diesel emissions, improve air quality and paves the way for the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks.
This bold and timely move sets a clean-truck standard for the nation and the world, requiring manufacturers to produce zero emission trucks beginning in 2024 and increasing production targets through 2035. This means by 2045, every new truck sold in California will be zero emission.
By including large pickup trucks, delivery trucks and semi-trucks, the ACT Rule will help transform the entire freight industry.
“California is an innovation juggernaut that is going electric. We are showing the world that we can move goods, grow our economy and finally dump dirty diesel,” said Jared Blumenfeld, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection.
“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,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols.
“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. Now is the time – the technology is here and so is the need for investment.”
Trucks are the largest single source of air pollution from vehicles, responsible for 70% of the smog-causing pollution and 80% of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.
This requirement to shift to zero emission trucks, along with the ongoing shift to electric cars, will help California meet its climate goals and federal air quality standards, especially in the Los Angeles region and the San Joaquin Valley – areas that suffer the highest levels of air pollution in the nation. Statewide, the ACT regulation will lower related premature deaths by 1,000.
The rule drives technology and investment, phasing in available heavy-duty zero emission technology starting in 2024 with full transformation over the next two decades.
This sends a clear signal to manufacturers, fleet owners and utilities that the time to invest in zero emission trucks – and the economy – is now. It builds on California’s leadership as a manufacturer of zero-emission transportation.