California passes landmark mandate for zero emission trucks

The regulation would apply to pickup trucks weighing 8,500 pounds or more, but not to light-duty trucks, which are covered by separate zero emission regulations.
By : Reuters
| Updated on: 26 Jun 2020, 10:43 AM
The Tesla Semi, the company's electric big-rig truck, is seen in this undated handout image released in November, 2017.
The Tesla Semi, the company's electric big-rig truck, is seen in this undated handout image released in November, 2017.
The Tesla Semi, the company's electric big-rig truck, is seen in this undated handout image released in November, 2017.
The Tesla Semi, the company's electric big-rig truck, is seen in this undated handout image released in November, 2017.

California on Thursday approved a groundbreaking policy to wean its trucking sector off of diesel fuel by requiring manufacturers to sell a rising number of zero-emission vehicles, starting in 2024.

The mandate, passed unanimously by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), was hailed as a major step toward reducing climate-warming emissions and improving public health for low-income communities near busy highway corridors and ports.

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"California is once again leading the nation in the fight to make our air cleaner," Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement after the vote.

Environmentalists say the mandate, which applies to medium-duty and large trucks, will put an estimated 300,000 zero-emission trucks on the road by 2035.

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The proposed mandate is expected to start in the 2024 model year and initially require 5%-9% zero emission vehicles (ZEV) based on class, rising to 30%-50% by 2030. By 2045, all vehicles should be ZEVs "where feasible."

The regulation would apply to pickup trucks weighing 8,500 pounds or more, but not to light-duty trucks, which are covered by separate zero emission regulations.

CARB plans a separate rule in early 2021 that will require large fleet owners to buy some ZEVs.

The move comes as a rising number of companies including Rivian, Tesla Inc, Nikola Corp and General Motors are working to introduce zero emission trucks.

Heavy-duty trucks are the largest source of smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in California.

The Environmental Protection Agency said in September that California's light-duty ZEV mandate was preempted by federal law. A group of 23 U.S. states has sued, seeking to reverse that determination. The EPA declined comment Thursday on California's action.

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association said the regulation would help stimulate the heavy-duty ZEV market but warned the targets would most likely need future downward adjustments.

First Published Date: 26 Jun 2020, 10:43 AM IST
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