"The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it’s granting California
the legal authority to require that half of all heavy-duty truck sales in the
state be fully electric by 2035, an ambitious standard that will go beyond
The Biden administration’s approval of California’s Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT)
Regulation comes after the state last year banned the sale of new
gasoline-powered cars starting in the same target year of 2035.
The two decisions make California, the country’s most populous state and center
of U.S. car culture, a leader in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the
transportation sector, which generates most of the country’s greenhouse gases.
The California Air Resources Board had sought waivers from the Clean Air Act to
set stricter standards for heavy-duty vehicles such as garbage trucks, delivery
vans and tractor-trailers. The approval of the new rule will likely have
greater impacts beyond California and pave the way for other states to follow
California, which has committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045, has
considerable authority over the country’s auto industry. For instance, a
federal waiver under the Clean Air Act gives the state authority to adopt
stronger fuel economy standards than those of the federal government, which has
set the precedent for the rest of the U.S. on how to address vehicle emissions.
The heavy-duty truck rule has already been adopted by six other states — New
York, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts and Vermont — all of which
were waiting for permission from the Biden administration to enact it."
We need to see these kinds of measures globally as soon as possible. Heavy
trucks are responsible for far more emissions than passenger vehicles. The
good news is that EV trucks are much cheaper to run!
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics