Statement: Maine joins new EV truck pact, shows commitment to fighting global warming and air pollution

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Anya Fetcher

Historic announcement follows California’s lead on electric trucks

Environment Maine

Augusta, ME — Maine, along with 15 other states and the District of Columbia, announced today that they will set landmark goals for zero-emission trucks. These plans follow CalIfornia’s leadership. In late June, the California Air Resources Board approved the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule, which requires every new truck sold in California be zero-emission by 2045. 

The state’s memorandum of understanding sets targets for achieving full electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2050, including big rigs, school and transit buses, and delivery trucks. It also sets an interim sales target of 30 percent zero-emission trucks by 2030 for truck manufacturers.

Anya Fetcher, director of Environment Maine, issued the following statement: 

“No package delivered by a diesel truck is worth dirty air, asthma, and climate change. It’s time to shift past the old way of thinking and move toward a clean environment with trucks that don’t pollute. Clean electric trucks can clear the air and help stave off the worst impacts of climate change. That’s the delivery we are all waiting for. This plan will play a major role in realizing that goal. We are proud that, once again, Maine is among those states leading the way on environmental policy, charting a path for zero-emission electric trucks to clean up our roads.”