Statement: California Air Resources Board adopts strong rules to clean up trucks, buses

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously on Friday adopted the Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) rule, which requires replacing diesel trucks used in ports with 100% zero emission trucks by 2035, mandates that 100% of new trucks and buses sold in California by manufacturers be zero emission by 2036, and speeds up the timeline for government and larger companies to only buy zero emission trucks and buses when they purchase new vehicles. 

At the board meeting, environmental advocates including Environment California called for CARB to adopt this precedent setting rule, despite opposition from truck manufacturers. 

California’s new commitment to pollution-free trucks comes on the heels of another electric vehicle milestone. Last week, the state surpassed its goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles sold, two years ahead of schedule. Between current and planned infrastructure for zero emission vehicles, California is poised to make significant progress in cutting air pollution and climate emissions through the transition to electric trucks.

In response, Environment California Director Laura Deehan and CALPIRG Director Jenn Engstrom released the following statements:

“California has some of the worst air quality in the country. Droughts, heat waves and devastating wildfires from global warming weigh heavily on our state,” said Deehan. “Thanks to CARB’s vote, California is speeding up toward clearer skies and a healthy climate by embracing strong EV requirements for trucking companies.”

“The vehicles that deliver essential goods and services to our communities are also delivering toxic doses of air pollution. But they don’t have to,” said Engstrom. “CARB’s action will clean up emissions from the trucks on our highways and the delivery and garbage trucks in our neighborhoods, resulting in cleaner, healthier air for our families.”