Mass. joins new EV truck pact, shows commitment to fighting global warming and air pollution

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Historic announcement follows California’s lead on electric trucks

Environment Massachusetts

Boston – Massachusetts and 14 other states 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 memorandum of understanding between the states sets targets for achieving full electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2050, including big rigs, school and transit buses, and delivery trucks. They also set an interim sales target of 30 percent zero-emission trucks by 2030 for truck manufacturers.

Ben Hellerstein, State Director of Environment Massachusetts, 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 applaud Gov. Charlie Baker and the leaders of the other states involved for charting a path for zero-emission electric trucks to clean up our roads.”