On Thursday, California approved a groundbreaking policy to wean its trucking sector off of diesel fuel by requiring manufacturers to sell a rising number of zero-emission vehicles starting in 2024.
The mandate is just the latest in changes that would make zero-emission trucks more common on the highway.
The California Air Resources Board has ordered the makers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emissions trucks by 2024.
In California in 2014, meanwhile, driving miles totaled 332.8572 billion or 11 percent of the 3.0257 trillion total miles logged that year in the U.S. If the same is true in California and about five-and-a-half percent of that is done in heavy-diesel trucks, then that means trucks in the Golden State recorded 18.3072 billion miles traveled.
"This requirement to shift to zero-emission trucks, along with the ongoing shift to electric cars, will help California meet its climate goals and federal air quality standards, especially in the Los Angeles region and the San Joaquin Valley - areas that suffer the highest levels of air pollution in the nation". Affirm officers clarify there are already 70 varied kinds of zero-emissions trucks, shipping trucks, and buses on hand from varied producers.
In the coming months, CARB will also consider two complementary regulations to support this action, the organization stated.
Heavy-duty trucks are the largest source of smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in California. There is also a proposed requirement for larger fleets in the state to transition to electric trucks year over year.
Environmental groups hailed the decision.
This bold and timely move sets a clean-truck standard for the nation and the world, and marks the Newsom administration's most important air pollution regulation to date.
The step taken by the California air Resource Board has been considered as a major step in controlling the carbon emission in the environment, so as to improve the air quality and hence, creating a cleaner environment. But no one has yet imposed rules like these for work trucks, which unlike passenger vehicles are purchased with the intent of returning a profit.
There are about 28 million trucks and buses in the United States and almost 2 million in California.
"Adding to this, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld in the release said: "'California is an innovation juggernaut that is going electric.
And, the implications for breathing in diesel PM in California, are far-reaching.