Press statement


California sets global precedent with first-ever 100 percent sales requirement for zero-emission trucks, paves the way with zero-emission fleet requirements

Today, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a new rule requiring fleets operating in California to deploy an increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) starting in 2024. The rule also sets a 100% zero-emission sales requirement for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles starting in model year 2036. This new rule is the first in the world to extend ZEV requirements to large commercial fleets, and it complements existing ZEV sales requirements for manufacturers while continuing California’s groundbreaking work to advance progressive ZEV policy.

EPA must move quickly to finalize greenhouse gas emissions rule for heavy-duty vehicles 

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality issued a proposed rule to set new greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for heavy-duty vehicles sold between model years 2027 and 2032. These proposed “Phase 3” standards will dramatically reduce the climate impact of the heavy-duty sector by requiring manufacturers for the first time to sell zero-emission trucks and buses.

Proposed EPA emission standards will deliver cleaner trucks and buses, but more is needed

8 March 2022 (Washington DC) – Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality issued a proposed rule to limit emissions of nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases from new heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Existing pollution limits on diesel trucks were set more than twenty years ago. This Administration deserves tremendous […]

The SAFE rule is fundamentally flawed

March 31, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) — Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. The final rule reduces the annual fuel economy improvement required for new […]

Deal between automakers and California on emission standards demonstrates how unreasonable the proposed rollback is, and what reasonable compromise could look like

25 July 2019, Washington DC—The ICCT welcomes the agreement on light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards announced today between California and four major automakers—BMW, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen—as a constructive step forward on public policy to confront the urgent problem of climate change and preserve the benefits that accrue to American consumers from a cleaner and […]

New revelations of Clean Air Act violations by Volkswagen

The International Council on Clean Transportation once again commends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board for their rigorous, effective work to enforce the laws governing air pollution from vehicles. The agencies, in collaboration with Environment Canada, yesterday announced that they had discovered additional defeat devices employed on certain VW, Audi, […]