The California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) recently passed the Advanced Clean Trucks regulation (“ACT”). ACT expedites California’s transition to zero-emission trucks and ultimately establishes the strictest truck emission standards for manufacturers in the United States. CARB stated that by 2045, every new truck sold in California will be zero-emission. There are two components to the ACT regulation: a manufacturer requirement and a reporting requirement.

            Manufacturers who certify Class 2b-8 chassis or complete vehicles with combustion engines will be required to sell zero-emission trucks as an increasing percentage of their annual California sales from 2024 to 2035. ACT requires that by 2035, zero-emission truck/chassis sales be 55% of Class 2b – 3 truck sales, 75% of Class 4 – 8 straight truck sales, and 40% of truck tractor sales.

            ACT also requires large employers, including retailers, goods manufacturers, and others, to report information regarding shipments and shuttle services directly to CARB. Similarly, fleet owners with 50 or more trucks are required to report about existing fleet operations to CARB. CARB will use this information to ensure members of the truck industry are compliant with the new regulations. We expect that CARB will also use this information for enforcement actions against non-compliant fleet owners and other regulated entities in the future, as the agency has in the past.

            For more information on how any of CARB’s proposed regulations may impact your business, please reach out to us at: [email protected].

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