California, Truck Manufacturers Agree on Zero-Emission Transition

SACRAMENTO – California announced a partnership July 6 with the nation’s top truck manufacturers that advances the development of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for the commercial trucking industry.

The agreement reached by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and its commercial engine and vehicle members and Ford Motor Company includes a commitment from the companies to meet California’s ZEV standards: 100% clean truck sales by 2036. The agreement also includes stipulations regarding emissions standards, regulatory changes, and more – read about the agreement here.

What Governor Newsom said: “California has shown the world what real climate action looks like, and we’re raising the bar yet again. Today, truck manufacturers join our urgent efforts to slash air pollution, showing the rest of the country that we can both cut dangerous pollution and build the economy of the future.”

What truck manufacturers said: “This agreement reaffirms EMA’s and its members’ longstanding commitment to reducing emissions and to a zero-emissions commercial vehicle future and it demonstrates how EMA and CARB can work together to achieve shared clean air goals,” said EMA President Jed Mandel. “Through this agreement, we have aligned on a single nationwide nitrogen oxide emissions standard, secured needed lead time and stability for manufacturers, and agreed on regulatory changes that will ensure continued availability of commercial vehicles. We look forward to continuing to work constructively with CARB on future regulatory and infrastructure efforts designed to support a successful transition to ZEVs.”

California became the first jurisdiction in the world in April to end the sales of traditional combustion trucks by 2036, creating a path to 100% zero emission medium heavy-duty trucks on the roads in California by 2045. This adds to California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule, approved by the Biden Administration in March, which requires manufacturers to accelerate sales of new zero emissions heavy-duty trucks by 2035. The two regulations work in tandem to drastically cut air pollution – especially in disadvantaged communities –  and achieve Governor Newsom’s bold vision for ZEVs in California.


  • California achieved its goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) sold in the state two years ahead of schedule
    • 21.1% of all new cars sold this year in California were ZEVs, according to the California Energy Commission
    • 40% of ZEVs sold in the U.S. are sold in California, according to the Veloz EV Market Report
  • California approved one of the world’s first regulations last year requiring 100% of new car sales to be ZEVs by 2035, following Governor Newsom’s 2020 executive order to develop new rules for in-state sales.
  • ZEVs are a top state export thanks to California’s success, spurring major advances in manufacturing and job creation
  • California is home to 55 ZEV and ZEV-related manufacturers and leads the nation in ZEV manufacturing jobs
  • California is investing $10 billion towards the ZEV transition, including ZEV trucks and infrastructure, through the California Climate Commitment.

Note: The above is a news release issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office. It has been edited for clarity and space.

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