California Could Ban Diesel Trucks by 2040

California Could Ban Diesel Trucks by 2040

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California made waves this summer with news that the state would ban gas cars from 2035. As a follow up? It’s banning diesel!

The proposed “ban” can be found in a guideline released by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), entitled “Public Hearing to Consider the Proposed Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation.” The paper was released quietly on August 30th, and is scheduled for a review later this month.

If it passes, the new diesel ban would apply to all new medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks sold in California from MY2040 on, with the language used calling for a “clear end date” to internal combustion sales.

“The proposed ACF regulation is part of a comprehensive strategy that would, consistent with public health needs, accelerate the widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) in the medium- and heavy-duty truck sector and in light-duty package delivery vehicles,” reads the guideline’s Executive Summary. “The proposed ACF regulation would require certain fleets to deploy ZEVs starting in 2024 and would establish a clear end date of new medium- and heavy-duty internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales in 2040.”

The big winners in the push towards a zero-emission vehicle mandate for heavy trucks in California are obviously truck makers who are already delivering electric semi trucks to customers — Freightliner, Nikola, and Volvo (to name a few).


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