May 16, 2023California approves regulation to phase out combustion trucks
California became the first jurisdiction in the world to end the sales of traditional combustion trucks by 2036, creating a path to 100% zero emission medium heavy-duty trucks on the roads in California by 2045. California also became the first state in the nation to implement emissions standards for trains.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a regulation to phase out the sales of medium and heavy-duty combustion trucks in California by 2036 CARB also approved first-in-the-nation regulation to limit train pollution.
Advanced Clean Fleets
Known as Advanced Clean Fleets, the new rule puts the state on a path toward accomplishing Governor Newsom’s goal of fully transitioning the medium and heavy-duty trucks that travel California roads to zero-emissions technology by 2045, providing major fleet operators – including state, local and federal government fleets – with different options to begin transitioning next year. For example:
- Drayage trucks (i.e. big rigs), local delivery and government fleets must transition by 2035;
- Garbage trucks must be zero-emission by 2039;
- And all other vehicles covered by the regulation must be zero-emission by 2042.
“The future happens here first, and California is once again showing the world what real climate action looks like. Last year, our state approved one of the world’s first regulations requiring all new car sales to be zero emissions,” What Governor Newsom said. “Now, with these actions requiring all new heavy-duty truck sales to be zero emission and tackling train pollution in our state, we’re one step closer to achieving healthier neighborhoods and cleaner air for all Californians.”
The new regulation aims to protect some of California’s most vulnerable communities that sit near trucking corridors and warehouse locations and have some of the worst air in the nation. While trucks represent only 6% of California vehicles, they represent a quarter of the state’s on-road greenhouse gas emissions and over a third of the state’s emissions of the harmful air pollutant NOx. The new rule is expected to generate $26.6 billion in health savings, and fleet owners will save an estimated $48 billion from the transition to cleaner vehicles.
This adds to California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule, approved by Biden Administration last month, which requires manufacturers to accelerate sales of new zero emissions heavy-duty trucks by 2035. The two regulations work in tandem to drastically cut air pollution – especially in disadvantaged communities – and achieve Governor Newsom’s bold vision for ZEVs in California.
California also paved the way for lower emissions from rail transportation, with CARB adopting a nation-leading regulation to accelerate cleaner locomotive technologies, limit idling and require newly built passenger and freight trains to be zero emission by 2030, and 2035, respectively. The reduced nitrogen oxide and diesel pollution – of which there is no known safe level of exposure – will bring an estimated $32 billion in health savings by preventing 3,200 premature deaths and 1,500 emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
California’s ZEV record
- California achieved its goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) sold in the state two years ahead of schedule
- 21.1% of all new cars sold this year in California were ZEVs, according to the California Energy Commission
- 40% of ZEVs sold in the U.S. are sold in California, according to the Veloz EV Market Report
- California approved one of the world’s first regulations last year requiring 100% of new car sales to be ZEVs by 2035, following Governor Newsom’s 2020 executive order to develop new rules for in-state sales.
- ZEVs are a top state export thanks to California’s success, spurring major advances in manufacturing and job creation
- California is home to 55 ZEV and ZEV-related manufacturers and leads the nation in ZEV manufacturing jobs
- Billions of dollars are going out the door to deploy vehicles and build ZEV charging infrastructure across the state, with a record amount dedicated to disadvantaged communities
- $2.9 billion investment plan approved by the California Energy Commission in December accelerates California’s 2025 electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals
- $2.6 billion investment plan approved in November by the California Air Resources Board supports a wide range of ZEV projects, with 70% of the funds directed to disadvantaged and low-income communities – the state’s largest-ever investment in the equitable expansion of clean transportation
- To support the needed infrastructure and services to make this transition, agencies across government – including GO-Biz, CARB, CEC, CalSTA, and the CPUC – have signed a Zero Emission Infrastructure Joint Agency Statement of Intent.
- California is investing $9 billion towards the ZEV transition, including ZEV trucks and infrastructure, through the California Climate Commitment.