The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has taken the next step in making the state zero carbon. in key road transport sectors. They unanimously approved regulations to phase in electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024 to 2045.

Class 2b to Class 8 inclusive

From 2024 truck manufacturers will need to sell the following :

  • 5% zero-emission trucks in Class 2b–3
  • 9% of Class 4–8 trucks
  • 5% of Class 7–8 tractors

From 2035 truck manufacturers will need to sell the following :

  • 55% zero-emission for Class 2b–3 rigid trucks
  • 75% for Class 4–8 rigid trucks
  • 40% for tractor / trailer combinations

By 2045, every new truck sold in California will need to be zero-emission.

What do CARB say?

Mary D. Nichols who is the Chair of CARB commented “It would also send a clear market signal for widescale electrification for trucks and buses in California. This will drive investments in manufacturing and infrastructure that will accelerate the market for zero-emission trucks. The growth of the zero-emissions market will result in new, green, high-quality jobs.”

“California is an innovation juggernaut that is going electric. We are showing the world that we can move goods, grow our economy and finally dump dirty diesel,” said Jared Blumenfeld, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection

Fleet reporting requirements

It looks like CARB are also requiring data from fleet owners ( defined as having 50 or more trucks) therefore “attacking” the problem from both ends, a great addition to the equation as far as Campbells are concerned.

Fleet owners would be required to report about their existing fleet operations and helping identify future strategies to ensure that fleets purchase available zero-emission trucks and place them in service where suitable to meet their needs.” 

A Strategy that involves both the manufacturers and road transport operators is a sensible way to go forward, its how is it accomplished in practical terms that will be the issue.

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