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California considers banning sales of new diesel engines by 2040

California is considering new regulations banning the business of new diesel-powered pickup trucks in the 2040 model year, accelerating the transition to zero-emission trucks.

The request is set out in a proposed rule released by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on August 30 and scheduled for review by the regulator on October 27.

The diesel ban will apply to all new medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks sold in California starting with the 2040 model year, with some exceptions for certain emergency vehicles.

 Project Portal Truck 2019 - Kenworth / PACCAR

Project Portal Truck 2019 – Kenworth / PACCAR

The rule will basically put California Advanced Clean Truck Rules, requires commercial vehicle manufacturers to start selling electric vehicles by 2024, taking it to the next level. Those regulations are on the path towards all-electric commercial vans by 2045 but the proposed rule, part of the Advanced Clean Fleet regulations, details how government fleets and trade will make the change.

In addition to setting the end date for the sale of new medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks, the proposed rule also sets out timelines for various fleet operators to begin transitioning to zero-emission vehicles. In most cases, they will start adding zero-emission vehicles before the end of the decade.

Volvo VNR Electric and Electrify America Charging Station

Volvo VNR Electric and Electrify America Charging Station

Manufacturers have already begun working towards the electric trucks needed to meet these requirements. Europe’s largest truck manufacturers have committed eliminate diesel sales by 2030.

The Megawatt charging standard will also help accelerate this transition, but that will require a lot of investment from truck manufacturers and state and federal governments.

On the passenger side, California puts 2035 ban for engines on plug-in passenger vehicles in recent policy.

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