The path to zero emission trucks in California

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9 September 2019

Heavy-duty trucks are a major contributor to air pollution and climate change in California and are still overwhelmingly powered by diesel engines.

In line with its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2045, the state is working to transition the heavy-duty truck sector to zero emission vehicles. This transition is grounded in the Advanced Clean Trucks Regulation, which sets requirements for zero emission truck sales and reporting.

At the same time, the government is demonstrating the feasibility of these technologies in applications ranging from port drayage trucks to inter-city delivery trucks. It is also working with partners in the public and private sector to plan infrastructure deployments, raise awareness, and understand the costs and benefits of these technologies.

Although the adoption of zero emission freight trucks will take several decades, California is planning ahead for a successful transition and setting an example for other jurisdictions to follow. 

This case study was developed as part of the ZEV Community, an initiative co-hosted by the Under2 Coalition and the ZEV Alliance Secretariats, in partnership with C40 Cities and the U.S. Climate Alliance.

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