The California Air Resources Board has approved regulations requiring truck manufacturers to move from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks.
That change is scheduled to begin in 2024, according to the guidelines the board adopted in a 16-vote last week.
“California is an innovation juggernaut that is going electric,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the state’s secretary for environmental protection, in the statement. “We are showing the world that we can move goods, grow our economy and finally dump dirty diesel.”
By 2045, all trucks sold in California will be zero emission.
The new regulations, which Gov. Gavin Newsom supports, addresses the “disproportionate risks and health and pollution burdens” that impact lower-income communities, according to the statement.
Trucks are the largest source of air pollution from vehicles in California, responsible for 70 percent of the smog-causing pollution and 80 percent of carcinogenic diesel soot produced in the state, according to the statement.