This may be a good news or bad news for you if you happen to be working in the commercial trucking industry, as California passed a new law requiring trucks to go all-electric, according to this report.
The state of California has made significant progress in reducing emissions with a zero-emission vehicle mandate for passenger cars, which requires the largest-volume automakers to sell battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Now the Golden State aims to tackle commercial trucks.
Yes, the Advanced Clean Truck regulation requires manufacturers of commercial vehicles to start selling electric trucks in 2024, and to sell only electric trucks in California by 2045.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) claims this is the first rule of its kind in the world, and that it will lower related premature deaths caused by pollution. CARB said it is also considering follow-up regulations that require stringent nitrogen-oxide emissions standards for new trucks.
Meanwhile, the Advanced Clean Truck regulation approval was applauded by environmental groups, calling it a “win for the environment, air quality, and the economy.”
The mandate has been met with mixed reactions from the trucking industry. Some experts have raised concerns about limited access to charging stations and the viability of switching from diesel to electric fleets.
The California Trucking Association has also criticized the mandate, stating that the technology and infrastructure to support this transition are simply not there. The association has also raised concerns over the potential loss of working-class jobs.
On the other hand, some heavy-truck manufacturers such as Telsa, Nikola, and Freightliner are already working toward an EV semi future and are expected to benefit from the mandate.
The California mandate for all-electric trucks is expected to have a significant impact on the trucking industry. The mandate requires that all new trucks purchased for servicing ports, rail yards, and distribution centers in the state be zero-emission vehicles starting from January 1, 2024. The mandate is part of California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.
Now, the question is, will this new law roll out in all of the United States as well? We have to wait and see. Kindly share this news to your family or friends that are working in the commercial trucking industry for awareness. Go truckers. Cheers!