Fifteen states and Washington, DC, have announced they will follow California’s lead in replacing all heavy trucks, vans and buses to power, in what may be one of the most important efforts to reduce harmful diesel engine pollution in the United States. States. It can also be a major development in the fight for environmental justice as emissions from diesel-powered commercial vehicles harm disproportionately black, Asian and Latinx societies.
The states that signed the agreement with Washington, DC are: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced in late June that all commercial trucks and vans must be zero emissions by 2045, with milestones on the way. The state previously announced a rule in 201
The State Falanx and the District of Columbia agree on similar targets, making it “100 percent of all new medium and heavy vehicle sales are zero-emission vehicles by 2050, with an intermediate target of 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales in these categories of vehicles by 2030, according to New York Governor’s Office.
The agreement is not legally binding. But California has long been a leader in driving clean energy cars, dating back to the passenger car initiative that spearheaded the 1990s that helped make electric cars sustainable in the United States. More than a dozen states are already following California’s lead on zero-emission passenger cars.
The state’s role as an emission standard bearer has only been raised during Donald Trump’s presidency. Despite the fact that humanity is dealing with a growing climate crisis, Trump has spent three years working to roll back environmental protection and pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. In March, he rolled back a fuel economy standard for Barack Obama’s presidency that was intended to be a cornerstone in the fight against rising global emissions. California responded to the reconstruction by getting four automakers to agree to steadily raise standards similar to those introduced by the Obama Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Daimler, Tesla, Volvo and China’s BYD all work on large electric rigs, and start-ups such as Chanje, Arrival, Nikola and Rivian (which builds 100,000 electric vans for Amazon) also have electric trucks or vans. Electric buses are already on the way thanks to companies like BYD and California’s Proterra.