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California requires all vans and trucks to drop diesel by 2045

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Lawmakers in California have passed a new rule which requires all commercial trucks and vans to be zero-emission by 2045.

The rule is being enforced to push some of the worst polluting methods of transport away from dirty diesel engines and toward cleaner alternatives such as electricity and hydrogen power. The rule is just the latest in a series of conditions that will need to be met before 2045.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will require all new trucks and vans sold in the state to be electric from 2045. However, the transition will begin earlier than that with state regulators saying that half of all trucks sold by 2035 must be zero-emission. All short-haul vehicles in ports and rail yards must also go entirely electric by 2035. The transition should start with smaller changes enforced from 2024.

Even though trucks make up just 7% of vehicles on California’s roads, they are some of the worst polluters. According to CARB, trucks are responsible for 70% of smog-related pollution and 80% of carcinogenic diesel particulates.

Credit: California Air Resource Board