After the vote on Friday, new diesel heavy rigs will no longer be sold in California.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has authorized the Advanced Clean Fleets regulation, the state’s second zero-emissions vehicles law. All trucks must be electrified by 2042 under the new regulation.
Companies operating in California must report how often they utilize big vehicles beginning in 2024.
Large trucks, local delivery fleets, and government fleets in California are required by law to transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035; trash trucks and municipal buses have until 2039, and all other cars have until 2042.
The new regulation, which is an extension of California’s progressive Clean Vehicles rule, was enacted by the Biden administration in March and requires all manufacturers to begin selling only zero-emissions vehicles by the year 2035.
After the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a regulation to eliminate emissions from passenger trains by 2030 and freight trains by 2035, the state legislature acted to do the same.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, the measures will help to realize Governor Newsom’s ambitious goal of transitioning all cars in California to zero emissions by 2045.
The trucks legislation is expected to save the state’s healthcare system $26.6 billion, while electric vehicle fleet owners may anticipate savings of almost $48 billion.
The state predicted that if nitrogen oxide and diesel emissions were reduced, it would save about $32 billion, save 3,200 premature deaths, and keep 1,500 people out of the emergency department.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, heavy-duty trucks, of which there are only 10%, are responsible for 25% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
In response to the proposed law, the American Trucking Association has spoken out against it, calling it “unrealistic” and expressing worry about the possible rise in cost for the commodities that would be carried as a result.
California’s absence of a suitable electric vehicle charging infrastructure has caused many in the trucking business to worry that the state’s deadlines are overly ambitious.
By 2045, California plans to have powered entirely by renewable energy. Also, in 2022, with enforcement commencing in 2035, California banned the sale of new gasoline-powered automobiles.
The Biden administration’s approval is required before the new statewide regulation may take effect.