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California phases out diesel trucks: What happens next?


A fleet of electric big rigs and other trucks is lined up at an event in Bakersfield on Feb. 23, 2023. 


In a move that will transform California’s economy and end diesel’s decades-long dominance in goods movement, the Air Resources Board today unanimously approved an ambitious, contentious mandate to shift big rigs and other trucks to zero-emissions. 

California’s newest effort to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles is arguably one of the most meaningful steps the state has ever taken to clean up its severe smog and toxic diesel exhaust, reduce greenhouse gases and wean itself off fossil fuels.

The mandate is the first in the world to ban new diesel trucks and require a switch to zero-emission big rigs, garbage trucks, delivery trucks and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.


Electric delivery trucks are displayed at a convoy in Bakersfield. 


A fleet of new Tesla all-electric semis arrived at PepsiCo Beverages North America’s Sacramento facility in April, 2023. The trucks were paid for by the local air quality district. 

This article was republished with permission from CalMatters. Read more of their coverage of California state government on


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