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June 29, 2020
California Passes Landmark Advanced Clean Trucks Rule
Source: CARB
The Golden State continues to lead the nation in their pursuit of rapid transportation electrification. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously passed the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule on June 25th, the first-of-its-kind regulation requiring manufacturers to ramp up sales of electric vans and trucks. The rule begins in 2024 and sets a course to achieve 100 percent emissions-free medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales in California by 2045.

Some vehicle types will be targeted for faster electrification and the approved rule is twice as aggressive as the initial proposal. Local delivery and drayage trucks are a priority for the state and 75 percent of Class 4-8 vehicles sold in California are required to be ZEV by 2035. Not all segments will be electrified as quickly, however; 40 percent of Class 7-8 long-haul freight truck sales must be zero emission over this timeline. In addition to establishing requirements for vehicle sales in the state, the rule also requires CARB to assess strategies to transition California’s truck fleet to ZEVs by 2045. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that the combined effect of the rule could lead ZEVs to account for 60 percent of all truck sales in California across all classes over the next 15 years.

The rule is expected to significantly reduce air pollution, as trucks are responsible for 70 percent of smog pollution in California despite making up less than seven percent of registered vehicles in the state. The impact of this pollution is not borne equally. Communities nearest to freeways, ports, and freight hubs are predominantly disadvantaged communities, defined by the combination of different economic, social, and environmental burdens tracked through CalEnviroScreen tool. These groups are disproportionately harmed by air pollution from truck emissions, making this rule particularly important in addressing the inequitable health impacts of the transportation sector. Vehicles operating in Black and Brown, low-income and vulnerable communities will be fast-tracked for electrification, a victory achieved with the help of advocacy groups representing these frontline communities and allies in the environmental justice space.

The Advanced Clean Trucks Rule is already backed up by a slew of electric utility programs which prioritize disadvantage communities, as well as state programs including the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). The HVIP program offers vouchers for the purchase of multiple types of electric vans, buses, and trucks and has awarded more than $320 million for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs through May 2020. While the HVIP program is now oversubscribed and funding will not be available again until later this year, California utilities have been approved to invest almost $720 million in programs supporting electric trucks and buses.

With the new rule, California now has regulations mandating the electrification of all on-road vehicle segments. California’s policy leadership has created a gold rush for bus and truck electrification in the state, accounting for more than 98 percent of electric utility investment and 45 percent of public funding nationwide for electric buses and trucks. Policymakers in the state aren’t showing any signs of slowing down and the Heavy-Duty Omnibus and Clean Truck Fleets rules are the next regulations under consideration.

Looking ahead, other states may follow California’s lead as they have with the Advanced Clean Cars rule, the source of the ZEV program. Twelve states have adopted the California-based standards for passenger-vehicle electrification and three others are considering becoming ZEV states. Other ZEV states have already expressed interest in implementing regulations similar to the Advanced Clean Trucks rule and we will continue reporting on the adoption of these rules throughout the country as we upgrade the way we track bills under consideration and existing policies and regulations in our Laws & Regulations Dashboard in the coming weeks.
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West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative Final Study Released

The West Coast Clean Transit Initiative, a network of nine electric utilities and two public agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities, published their final report on June 17, 2020. The report outlines key findings from a study assessing the prospect of implementing EV charging fro freight trucks along the entire stretch of Interstate 5. The study recommends a phased approach for electrifying the I-5 corridor. At least 27 stations spaced out at 50-mile intervals would be included in phase one of the roll out which will take place through 2025. Read More Here

U.S. DOT Awards $130 Million for Electric Transit Buses in 40 States

The United States Department of Transportation awarded $130 million for electric transit buses and supporting infrastructure through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program on June 2, 2020. The awards were spread over 40 states and Washington D.C. and will help transit agencies accelerate the electrification of their fleets. The 2020 funding cycle is the largest yet for the Low-No program, which has contributed almost $480 million to transit bus electrification since 2015. Read More Here

Washington Awards $12 million from the VW Settlement for 40 Electric School Buses

On April 29, 2020, the Washington State Department of Ecology awarded $12 million from the state’s federal VW Settlement allocation to fund 40 electric school buses across the state. This award makes Washington the 14th state to commit settlement funds to school bus electrification. In addition to school buses, Washington has awarded more than $13 million for electric transit buses. It is also the first and only state to invest in hybrid electric ferry boats, awarding a total of $35 million to replace three of the state’s largest vessels in September 2019. Read More Here

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How will future vehicle Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) fleet scenarios affect emissions of criteria pollutants, mobile source air toxics, and greenhouse gases? TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM that will discuss research on future vehicle fleet scenarios’ effect on emissions. Read more here.

June 30th @ 1pm EST

This webinar will draw on AEE’s recent report, Electric Transportation Supply Chain in Pennsylvania, prepared by BW Research Partnership, which finds a robust supply chain in formation in the state. The report also finds that more than 350 Pennsylvania firms, many of them in industries and geographies that have seen declines in recent years, could transition to serving the supply chain for electric vehicles. Read more here.

June 30th @ 2pm EST

The Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) is the global standard for communication between charging stations and charging station management systems. It is a living protocol – created and evaluated by OCA-members – that is focused on innovation and ease-of-use. OCPP also gives the opportunity to customize your own implementation. In this Webinar, OCA will explain the different approaches that can be used to exchange custom information. They will explain the customization options in OCPP1.6 and OCPP2.0.1. Read more here.

July 7th @ 1pm EST

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