New Jersey moves toward trucks that don’t pollute

For too long, heavy-duty vehicles have been synonymous with heavy-duty air pollution — but that could all change soon in New Jersey.

On April 14, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) officially proposed the Advanced Clean Truck rule requiring manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks to transition their sales to exclusively electric vehicles by model year 2035. New Jersey is the second state, after California, to propose the rule and begin a regulatory shift toward electric trucks — and it’s a crucial component of the Murphy administration’s Protecting Against Climate Threats effort.

“The medium- and heavy-duty sectors emit disproportionately high levels of toxic air pollutants that make New Jerseyans sick and contribute to climate change,” said NJPIRG Advocate Emma Horst-Martz. “We look forward to New Jersey adopting the Advanced Clean Truck rule and working with NJDEP to further limit the state’s transportation emissions.”

Throughout May and June, the rule will be open for public comment, giving New Jerseyans a chance to show their support for this vital step toward cleaner air and a healthier climate.

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Photo: The Advanced Clean Truck rule will accelerate the market for electric trucks in New Jersey, reducing air and climate pollution and making our communities healthier. Credit: WR7 via Shutterstock


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