California Air Resources Board Mandates Production of Zero-Emission Commercial Trucks

BY Alex Ayers
7/14/2020 - HVAC Government Affairs

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule last month which mandates truck manufacturers to increase the number of zero-emission, including electric, trucks sold in the state. This is part of the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including those from trucks.

Under this rule, starting in 2024, manufacturers will have to increase zero-emission truck sales in the state by a minimum of 5 to 9 percent depending on truck size. These minimums will increase until 2035 when it makes up 55% of light trucks, 75% of medium and heavy-duty trucks, and 40% of semi-truck sales.

Five other states testified in favor of the rule including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. The rule was opposed by nearly all industries and truck manufacturers.

CARB is set to expand the ACT rule beyond manufacturer requirements by including a fleet rule requiring fleets to buy zero-emission trucks, that rule is expected to be released in 2021.

We will continue to update you as we receive more information about this issue. Please reach out to Alex Ayers with any questions.