California moves to ban sale of diesel big rigs by 2036 (Image credit- UPI.com)
The Advanced Clean Fleets rule, a state regulation for fleet cars, was approved by the California Air Resources Board with a unanimous vote.
All medium- and heavy-duty vehicles sold or registered in California must be zero-emission by 2036, according to officials.
California regulators decided to outlaw the sale of new diesel trucks by 2036 and mandate that all trucks be zero-emission vehicles by 2042. This decision places the state in the lead among states in reducing tailpipe emissions, according to the reports.
The Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) law, the second in California and the first globally to mandate that all new commercial vehicles be electric was adopted by the California Air Resources Board. This applies to medium- and heavy-duty trucks as well as delivery and garbage trucks.
This is an addition to the 2020 Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT). While they are both similar and different, ACF will be a fleet adoption requirement for operators buying a specific percentage of electric trucks. ACT was done for manufacturers who must supply enough electric trucks.
Additionally, see California Achieves EV Sales Goal Two Years Ahead. The state has revised its early 2040 target date for the phase-out of diesel truck sales because it would be too late to meet its 2045 objective of 100% zero-emission cars.
The new target date for the phase-out of diesel truck sales is 2036. According to the reports, California Governor Gavin Newsom presented this objective, which is just one year away from the 2035 goal set especially for automobiles.
With in-service fleets reaching 100% zero-emission drayage trucks, last-mile delivery, and government vehicles by 2035, 100% zero-emission refuse trucks, and local buses by 2040, and 100% zero-emission capable utility fleets by 2040, this will enable a smooth transition to zero-emission vehicle fleets.
According to the board and other advocates of the legislation, passing it will benefit public health in the state, particularly in disadvantaged areas that suffered from air pollution while reducing the effects of climate change.
The estimated delivery of $26.5 billion in public health benefits in California from this law, which will prevent illnesses and fatalities brought on by diesel pollution, is estimated.
Frontline populations in the state will now see some relief upon the implementation of this law, according to People’s Collective for Environmental Justice Senior Policy Analyst Andrea Vidaurre. For the sake of our health and our lungs, the analyst continued, “There is no degree of exposure to fatal diesel pollution that is acceptable.
Major truck manufacturers and their lobbying organizations are among the organizations in the nation that oppose this policy, according to the reports.
The timelines, according to critics, are also unattainable given the dearth of EV charging stations and space at ports designated for heavy-duty cars, even though the requirements will cost them more because electric vehicles are significantly more expensive than conventional ones due to their size and weight.