Zero -Emissions Trucks Rule

Deadline to report EXTENDED to May 1st

In June of 2020, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a rule (Advanced Clean Trucks regulation) that requires truck manufacturers (from Class 2b to Class 8) to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. By 2045, every new truck sold in California must be zero-emission. There is the start of a big push in the U.S. to transition away from diesel fueled vehicles to electrified vehicles. The “don’t get left behind” mentality will undoubtedly drive other states to adopt similar measures.

According to California governor Gavin Newsom, the new rule directly addresses disproportionate risks and health and pollution burdens affecting communities adjacent to the ports, railyards, distribution centers, and freight corridors. The goal is to put California on a path for an all zero-emission short-haul drayage fleet in ports and railyards by 2035, and zero-emission "last-mile" delivery trucks and vans by 2040 - especially in the Los Angeles region and the San Joaquin Valley.

According to CARB, 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.

In the coming months, CARB will also consider two complementary regulations. The first sets a stringent new limit on NOx (oxides of nitrogen) requiring new trucks still using fossil fuels to include the most effective exhaust control technology during the transition to electric trucks. There is also a proposed requirement for larger fleets in the state to transition to electric trucks year over year.

To help CARB in developing policies and recommendations to accelerate this large-scale transition to zero-emissions, there will be a one-time reporting requirement for large entities that operate or direct vehicles in California. The reporting deadline is April 1, 2021. The final rulemaking package was submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on January 29, 2021. The OAL approved the regulation on March 16.

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