Environmentalists and trucking industry groups clashed with clean air regulators this week over a controversial proposal to phase out California’s big rigs and other trucks with internal combustion engines and force manufacturers to accelerate mass production of electric trucks.
The California Air Resources Board held its first public hearing on rules that would ban manufacturers from selling any new fossil-fueled medium- and heavy-duty trucks until 2040. The new rules would also require major trucking companies to convert their fleets to electric models. , buying more over time until all emissions are zero by 2042. The move is part of the state’s broader strategy to end dependence on fossil fuels and reduce planet-warming emissions.