California passes landmark policy to manufacture more electric trucks and buses

EDF Statement from Lauren Navarro, Senior Manager of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

June 25, 2020
Kelsey Robinson, (512) 691-3404,

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – June 25, 2020) The California Air Resources Board approved a new regulation that requires manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks to build more electric options, requiring a certain percent on the market to be zero emission vehicles. The rule will make it so that, by 2035, about 60% of all trucks and buses sold in California will be clean. Recent research also suggests the economic benefits of the rule could reach $12 billion.

“It is clear, now more than ever, that we need to make advancements that reduce harmful air pollution. This policy benefits public health, the climate and the economy because going electric saves money and cleans the air. Costly business as usual technologies for these vehicles cannot continue.”

  • Lauren Navarro, Senior Manager of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund  

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