A lawsuit from an industry group, challenging California’s Omnibus standard for trucks and heavy-duty trucks in an attempt to significantly cut emissions, was dropped last week.
The challenge comes from the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), an industry group representing a long list of vehicle manufacturers, including Ford, GM, Honda, Navistar, Paccar, Volkswagen Group North USA, Volvo Group North America.
EMA Complaints vs. Rules 17 states signed inwith a goal to electrify 30% of trucks and buses by 2030, based on engineering related to the timeline Regulations may have pushed diesel engine manufacturers more difficult to allow nitrous oxide levels, related to smog and public health. It is alleged that CARB failed to provide the required four-year full model lead time before implementing any new heavy-duty emissions standards, as set forth in the Clean Air Act.
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In one statement Released on Thursday, the EMA said that now that the EPA has begun looking into the matter itself, it will withdraw the lawsuit “without prejudice.”
The decision came after a deep level of protest – including a letter signed by 34 companies and corporations including Tesla, Rivian, Panasonic, and even consumer goods giant Unilever.
The lawsuit has created another strange – and hypocritical – point of discord for some companies that are moving towards cleaner engine technology, as well as different levels of electrification – such as GM with BrightDrop and Ford with the Pro business.
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Amid the company’s strong interest in electric-powered delivery vehicles, Omnibus’ rules are said to spur a shift to electric trucks, especially for last-mile deliveries. California anticipates that policy, in collaboration with Advanced clean trucks regulation that sets zero-emission sales requirements plus reporting requirements for larger fleets, will drive larger order types that will drive industry-wide growth. That can be seen as coordinating with a Federal tax credit for electric commercial vehiclesalthough critics have noted that there is still no heavy truck emissions coordination standards covered in truck electrification.