TNI || New Delhi || 26th Sept 2021
Various companies with huge fleets are urging Governors across the U.S. to embrace a rule to adopt zero-emission trucks and reduce the potent source of greenhouse gases that come out of large commercial vehicles.
The representatives from companies like IKEA, Nestle, Etsy, eBay, Siemens, and Unilever amongst others have joined environmental activists as well as investors to adopt Advanced Clean Trucks rule.
Transportation has been the leading cause of greenhouse emissions in the U.S., with trucks being one of the major sources.
As per the ACT rule, the manufacturers are required to increase the sales of zero-emission models in states where the policy is put in place.
Once the production ramps up, it will reduce the cost incurred to manufacturers and buyers. There is a spike in the demand for clean trucks and vans these days by companies to help meet their climate and pollution goals.
Besides, this practice will also help in saving fuel and maintenance costs.
The transformation to zero-emission will also result in reducing pollution in lower-income neighborhoods, which are mostly located on border highways, shipping centers, and major roads.
These are the places where the residents usually suffer from health issues like Asthma.
As per a letter from the companies and advocacy groups, the ACT rule will help bring down the cost of medium and heavy-duty vehicles as the manufacturers will be required to increase the model availability to make sure that the needs of the fleet operators are met.
This rule has presently been adopted in California and is considered in states like New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, and New York.