Policy updates on ACT and ACF

Policy updates on ACT and ACF

Policy updates on ACT and ACF

Friday, December 31, 2021

Important updates on two key zero-emission policies:

Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) - Several states likely to adopt the ACT before end of this year

Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) - upcoming opportunities for engaging on the ACF


Advanced Clean Trucks 

The ACTsets requirements for truck manufacturers to sell zero-emission trucks as a given fraction of a company’s overall sales. Since California passed the ACT in June 2020, 15 states and the District of Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding to catalyze the zero-emission truck and bus market in their states. Seven of these states have begun the public process to adopt the ACT as allowed under the Clean Air Act. For states that adopt the ACT in 2021, requirements would begin with model year 2025, one year after the standard begins in California. The sales standards increase from 5%–9% in model year 2024 to 40%–75% in model year 2035, depending on the vehicle class. 

States publicly committing to adopting the ACT include:

Maine: expected adoption in 2021; public comment due November 15
Oregon: expected adoption on November 17; public comment closed in October
New York: expected adoption in 2021; public comment due November 17
Colorado: expected adoption in 2022; public workshop November 21
Massachusetts: expected adoption in 2021; public comment TBD
New Jersey: expected adoption in 2021; public comment closed in June
Washington: expected adoption in 2021; public comment closed in August

California and the seven states considering adopting the ACT represent 23% of Class 2b-8 vehicles registered in the United States, based on 2019 IHS data.


Advanced Clean Fleets

The ACF complements the ACT by setting requirements for fleets to adopt zero-emission trucks. The policy is currently under development by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with 12 public meetings to date. The latest version of the proposed policy can be found in this presentation from CARB, with more detailed policy language here

When the ACF is finalized, other states can also adopt the ACF as allowed by the Clean Air Act. CARB has indicated a formal draft of the policy will be released next summer or fall with finalization of the policy in 2023. 


Opportunities for engaging on the ACF:
November 17:  CARB is hosting a public workshop addressing the emissions inventory associated with the proposed ACF.

December through January: CARB is hosting a series of four public work group meetings around infrastructure needed to support zero-emission truck adoption per the ACT and ACF. The California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and Governor’s Office of Business Administration and Economic Development are partnering with CARB to host these meetings. 


Members interested in partnering with CALSTART on this opportunity are invited to contact Jimmy O'Dea at jodea@calstart.org.