New Rule Paves the Way for Zero-Emission Trucks in New York

Statement from Mary Barber, Director, State Affairs at Environmental Defense Fund

December 31, 2021
Debora Schneider, (212) 616-1377,

New York yesterday adopted the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, which requires manufacturers to invest in, produce and sell a percentage of zero-emission trucks, beginning with model year 2025. The rule is meant to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks throughout the state to achieve a full fleet turnover by 2035 and meet the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  

“Through this rulemaking process, Gov. Hochul and the Department of Environmental Conservation have demonstrated their commitment to protecting New York’s communities from pollution. This rule will deliver cleaner air and powerful opportunities to improve equity, while sparking economic growth throughout the state.  

“Now policymakers, utilities and the private sector must come together to build the charging infrastructure necessary to fuel these zero-emission trucks, which will ensure they are on New York’s roads as soon as possible.”

New York is the fourth state in the U.S. after California, Oregon and New Jersey to formalize its commitment to zero-emission trucks through an official ruling. In 2020, New York joined NESCAUM’s multi-state Zero-emission Truck and Bus Memorandum of Understanding.

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