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California passes landmark mandate for zero emission trucks

(Reuters, 25 Jun 2020) The mandate was hailed as a major step toward reducing emissions and improving public health near busy highway corridors and ports.

California on Thursday approved a groundbreaking policy to wean its trucking sector off of diesel fuel by requiring manufacturers to sell a rising number of zero-emission vehicles, starting in 2024.

The mandate, passed unanimously by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), was hailed as a major step toward reducing climate-warming emissions and improving public health for low-income communities near busy highway corridors and ports.

"California is once again leading the nation in the fight to make our air cleaner," Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement after the vote.

Environmentalists say the mandate, which applies to medium-duty and large trucks, will put an estimated 300,000 zero-emission trucks on the road by 2035.

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Reuters, 25 Jun 2020: California passes landmark mandate for zero emission trucks