“California is once again leading the nation in the fight to make our air cleaner,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a statement after the vote. On Thursday, California 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 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is considered as a major step toward reducing climate warming emission and improving public health for low income communities near busy highway corridors and ports.
The mandate which applies to the medium duty and large trucks will put an estimated 300,000 zero emission trucks on the road by 2035 according to the environmentalists. The proposed mandate is expected to start in the 2024 model year and initially require 5% to 9% zero emission vehicles (ZEV) based on a certain class ranging to 30%to 50% by 2030, and by 2045 all the vehicles should be ZEVs.
The step taken by the California air Resource Board has been considered as a major step in controlling the carbon emission in the environment, so as to improve the air quality and hence, creating a cleaner environment.
CARB has a separate plan for early 2021 that would require large fleet owners to buy some ZEVs. The regulations are going to be applying on pickup trucks weighing 8,500 pounds or more as they are the largest source of smog forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in the state, but the light duty trucks are an excepted from this rule and are covered by a separate zero emission regulations.
The light weight ZEV are pre-empted by federal law. The Motor and equipment manufacturers associations said that the regulations would help stimulate the heavy duty ZEV market but warned the targets would most likely need future downward adjustments.