CARB Rule Would Set Sale Quotas for Zero-Emission Trucks

- The California Air Resources Board has proposed a regulation requiring that manufacturers sell a set percentage of zero-emissions battery-electric and fuel cell trucks beginning with model year 2024.

Also, the proposal would require carriers with U.S. gross revenues greater than $50 million or own more than 100 vehicles greater than 8,500 pounds that operate facilities in California to report their vehicle activity. The one-time reporting would need to be completed by April 1, 2021 and would include characteristics of vehicles domiciled or assigned to the facilities.

For Class 7 and Class 8 tractors, the regulation would require 3% of annual sales of zero-emissions tractors in California to begin in model year 2024, reaching 15% annually by model year 2030 and beyond. Manufacturers could earn credits that may be banked and traded starting with 2021 model year, according to the proposal.

Comments are being sought through Dec. 9, and the agency’s board is scheduled to convene a public hearing on the proposal Dec. 12.

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