Tough­est-ever US truck emis­sions laws pro­posed

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TOUGH NEW LAWS AIMED AT re­duc­ing air pol­lu­tion in Cal­i­for­nia – the state with Amer­ica’s worst air qual­ity – call for man­u­fac­tur­ers to dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the num­ber of zero-emis­sions trucks sold there within the next 15 years.

Pro­posed reg­u­la­tions that will be the tough­est in the United States if adopted by the Cal­i­for­nia Air Re­sources Board (CARB) this month, call for at least 40% of all heavy com­mer­cial trac­tor units sold in the state by 2035 to have zero emis­sions.

Tougher still is the re­quire­ment for light com­mer­cials: Three in ev­ery four light de­liv­ery trucks and vans sold will have to be emis­sions­free by the same dead­line. And 55% of all pickup trucks sold will have to be zero emis­sions.

If adopted, the reg­u­la­tions will mean that by 2035, an es­ti­mated 20% of all trucks on Cal­i­for­nian roads will have zero emis­sions.

The pro­posal was dra­mat­i­cally beefed-up last month from the truck emis­sions mea­sures CARB had been con­sid­er­ing, which would have re­sulted in an es­ti­mated 4% of all trucks be­ing emis­sions free.

En­vi­ron­men­tal groups, who protested that the lower emis­sions-free ve­hi­cle tar­gets were not tough enough, say the pro­posed new stan­dards will be “trans­for­ma­tive.”

Un­til now truck man­u­fac­tur­ers have avoided reg­u­la­tions set­ting emis­sions-free ve­hi­cle ra­tios

– even though Cal­i­for­nia has im­posed them on cars and SUVs. They have ar­gued suc­cess­fully that truck op­er­a­tors must be able to run ve­hi­cles prof­itably – and the added cost of elec­tric trucks make that dif­fi­cult.

The Cal­i­for­nia Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, while not of­fi­cially op­pos­ing the rule (since it ap­plies to man­u­fac­tur­ers), says it is “dis­heart­en­ing to see reg­u­la­tions get stricter when the econ­omy is in freefall and busi­nesses are in sur­vival mode.”

Two of the world’s big­gest ports are lo­cated in Los An­ge­les and nearby Long Beach and are ser­viced by thou­sands of trucks, run­ning freight to and from the so-called In­land Em­pire – the sprawl­ing metropoli­tan area east of LA.


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