California Law Requires End of Combustion Engine Truck Sales

The California government has issued new regulations calling for all new trucks operating in the US state to be zero emissions starting in 2024. With the size of the state’s economy larger than most countries , this is a significant step forward.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will also require all medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturers to sell only zero-emission vehicles starting in 2040.

According to the state, although there is growing interest in electric personal vehicles, sales of electric utility vehicles are only in the “early stages” of production, according to David Aspinwall, North American president of ‘Heliox, a charging systems company for buses, trucks and the port, maritime and mining industries.

Under CARB’s proposed ACF regulations, all trucks added to the California fleet must be zero-emissions by January 1, 2024, and all internal combustion engine vehicles must be removed from the fleet no later than January 1, 2024. January 1 following the end of the minimum useful life of the vehicle. This is defined as 13-18 years or 800,000 miles.

The electrification of truck fleets is just beginning, and fleet operators are just “dipping their toes in the water and figuring out how this is going to work,” Aspinwall said.

Aspinwall explained: “At the moment there is a limit on the size of the batteries and therefore on the amount of energy the batteries can take.” He said development is underway to allow for larger batteries that can take more power faster and added that “charger capacities are increasing quite dramatically”. Initially, the change will likely only be seen with city centers and other vehicle delivery routes over shorter distances, but as technology improves, this will also involve vehicles on longer routes. long.

Kevin A. Perras