Senator Leyva’s “Cleaner and Greener Trucks” Bill Passes Senate

SB 372 Helps Transition Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks to Zero Emission Alternatives

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO – To reduce air pollution and maximize funding and deployment of zero emission vehicles in California, the California State Senate today passed legislation by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to create an innovative state program, which will—in consultation with stakeholders—design new financing tools to help owners of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchase cleaner zero-emission alternatives.

Specifically, SB 372 will establish the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Fleet Purchasing Assistance Program, within the Air Quality Improvement Program at the California Air Resources Board. It will be administered by the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and will make diverse financing tools and non-financial supports available to medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets in order to enable them to transition to zero-emission vehicles.

“I know from living, working and representing communities in the Inland Empire that the health of our families is greatly burdened by air pollution caused by medium and heavy duty trucks traveling through the region to and from warehouses and ports. SB 372 will create a ‘one-stop shop’ to coordinate with other efforts, like grants and incentives, so that zero emission vehicle transition is a straightforward and equitable option for fleets of all types and sizes in California,” Senator Leyva said. “I believe it is critical that we continue to deploy practical solutions to help fleets transition to zero-emission vehicles, so that every Californian has access to clean air.”

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses are a major source of air pollution in California, responsible for about 35 percent of statewide nitrogen oxide emissions and approximately 26 percent of total statewide diesel particulate matter emissions.  These emissions hurt the health of Californians, especially in underserved communities and disproportionately impacted populations. Replacing these vehicles with zero-emission alternatives is necessary to reduce the harmful air pollution that negatively impacts public health and worsens climate change.

Now advancing to the Assembly, SB 372 is sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund and supported by 350 Bay Area Action, 350 Humboldt: Grass Roots Climate Action, 350 Sacramento, 350 Silicon Valley, American Lung Association in California, Amply Power, Arrival, California League of Conservation Voters, California Municipal Utilities Association, Calstart Inc., Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice, Central California Asthma Collaborative, Ceres, Coalition for Clean Air, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), East Bay Municipal Utility District, Elders Climate Action / Norcal and Socal Chapters, Environment California, Lordstown Motors, Los Angeles Cleantech, Incubator, Motiv Power Systems, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nextgen California, Port of San Diego, San Diego Unified Port District, San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sandiego350, Sierra Club California, Spur, The Climate Center, Union of Concerned Scientists and Zev 2030.