Regulators in California have voted to ban the sale of new diesel big rigs by 2036 and require all trucks to be zero-emissions by 2042. This decision puts the state at the forefront of mitigating tailpipe pollution in the U.S. The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the Advanced Clean Fleets rule, the state’s second zero-emissions trucks rule and the first in the world to require new commercial trucks to be electric.
The mandate is estimated to deliver several health benefits to the citizens of California, including:
- $26.5 billion in public health benefits in avoided health impacts and deaths due to diesel pollution
- Improved public health in marginalized communities that have endured polluted air while mitigating the effects of climate change
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