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California Set To Ban Diesel Vehicles

In a move many Californians saw coming, California regulators have voted to ban the sale of new diesel tractor-trailers by the year 2036.

Coupled with the bill is a new law that would require all trucks to have zero emissions by 2042.

The new rule stems from a ruling from the California Air Resources Board which recently approved the Advanced Clean Fleets rule.

CNBC had these details to report:

California regulators on Friday voted to ban the sale of new diesel big rigs by 2036 and require all trucks to be zero-emissions by 2042, a decision that puts the state at the forefront of mitigating national tailpipe pollution.

The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the Advanced Clean Fleets rule, the state’s second zero-emissions trucks rule and first in the world to require new commercial trucks, including garbage trucks, delivery trucks and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles, to be electric.

Supporters of the rule say it will improve public health in marginalized communities that have endured polluted air while mitigating the effects of climate change. The mandate is estimated to deliver $26.5 billion in public health benefits in California in avoided health impacts and deaths due to diesel pollution.

Heavy-duty trucks represent nearly one third of the state’s nitrogen oxide and more than one quarter of its fine particle pollution from diesel fuel, according to the California Air Resources Board While medium and heavy-duty trucks are just 10% of the vehicles on the country’s roads, they emit 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit.

Per the California Globe:

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced on Friday that the sale of all new diesel big rig trucks and buses are to be banned in the state of California starting in 2036, coming in a year after a similar new gas-powered car bar that was previously voted on.

In addition to the 2036 sales ban on new diesel trucks and buses, CARB, voted on Friday for these new regulations, also announced that all trucks in California are to be zero-emissions by 2042. Under these new regulations, also known as the Advanced Clean Fleets rule, CARB hopes to achieve a total zero-emissions truck and bus fleet by 2045, as well as have at least 1.6 million zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks operating in the state by 2048.

However, some deadlines under the Advanced Clean Fleets rule come sooner than 2036 or 2042. According to CARB, drayage trucks, which carry cargo to and from ports, must have 100% of new sales starting next year, with 100% of drayage trucks being fully electric by 2035. Service vehicles, such as garbage trucks and school buses, need to be zero-emissions by 2039.


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