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California Schedules Hearing on the Adoption of Zero-Emission Fleet Mandate

On the heels of banning the sale of internal combustion passenger vehicles, the California Air Resources Board announced a public hearing on Thursday, October 27 to consider adoption of a fleet regulation that will mandate the purchase of zero-emission trucks for operations in California. Under the proposed rule, fleets operating as few as one truck in California, with 50 or more total trucks or $50 million or more in annual revenue (or any sized drayage fleet), will need to comply.

Beginning in 2024, any addition to a “California fleet”, defined as any truck operating in the state, will need to be a zero-emission truck. Trucks reaching 13 years of age or 800,000 miles will also need to be removed from a California fleet.

Alternatively, for non-drayage operations, a “Milestone Option” establishes percentage milestones of zero-emission trucks which will need to be added to a California fleet from 2025 to 2042.

A limited number of exemptions and extensions are proposed. Public comments are being accepted through October 17 or at the hearing.

ATA is evaluating the proposed regulation and will be submitting comments. Significant concerns remain related to the capabilities of the technology, infrastructure availability and reliability, and the flexibilities available under the proposed regulation. It is encouraged to review the proposed High Priority Fleet and Drayage Truck requirements and related materials and provide feedback. Contact Mike Tunnell, ATA's senior director of environmental affairs, with questions or to provide input.



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