Right before the end of 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the final adoption of New York’s Advanced Clean Truck Rule which will phase in the sales and use of zero-emission trucks. The new Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule finalized by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requires manufacturers of vehicles greater than 8,500 pounds to sell an increasing number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in New York State. The regulation complements New York’s recently adopted legislation that established a goal for 100 percent of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles offered for sale or lease, or sold, or leased, for registration in the State be zero-emission by 2045, where feasible.
New York was a signatory to a Multi-State ZEV Memorandum of Understanding in July 2020 establishing a commitment to work collaboratively together to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks. New York joins California, New Jersey, Washington, and Oregon in adopting the ACT.
“The regulations we are adopting will help us cut pollution and emissions, kick-start the shift to clean electric trucks, and address the environmental injustices that have plagued too many communities across our state.” Governor Hochul said.
To support the decarbonization of the transportation sector, New York State has already implemented several key programs to accelerate the transition to zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks, including incentives provided through the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program and the New York City Clean Trucks Program, utility-based fleet assessment services, a $15 million medium- and heavy-duty Make-Ready Pilot program, and a $24 million Electric Truck and Bus Challenge Prize competition. New York State agencies and authorities will seek federal funding provided through the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to promote development of medium and heavy-duty ZEV infrastructure in New York State, including consideration for disadvantaged communities and rural applications. In addition, DEC and the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) will consult other State agencies to further develop and expand incentive initiatives as part of a zero-emission vehicle market development strategy required by the recently adopted law. That process will be completed no later than January 2023, well in advance of the sale of model year 2025 vehicles covered by DEC’s ACT regulation.
The regulation also establishes a one-time large entity fleet reporting requirement. Subject medium and heavy-duty fleets will be required to submit a one-time report to DEC by April 1, 2023. Reported information will help identify future strategies to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.