California ARB to Hold First Public Workshop on Development of New Hybrid Requirements for Medium- and Heavy-duty Vehicles
On 3 February, The California Air Resources Board will conduct its first public workshop to discuss concepts for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) from medium and heavy- duty vehicles through a requiring some truck hybridization.
In addition, the ARB will be discussing potential updates to the existing interim certification procedures for hybrid heavy-duty trucks and urban buses.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of ARB activities to date and initiate a dialogue on effectively achieving GHG reductions that are technologically feasible, cost-effective, and quantifiable.
Background. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32; Stats. 2006, chapter 488), passed and signed into law in 2006, has the overall goal of restoring state greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. To achieve this, the ARB was tasked with developing an AB 32 Scoping Plan providing the outline for actions to reduce California’s GHG emissions. APproved in December 2008, the Scoping Plan now requires the ARB and other state agencies to adopt regulations and other initiatives reducing GHGs.
The Scoping Plan recommended several actions for reducing GHG emissions from the transportation sector, including a measure for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle hybridization. As part of that initiative, ARB will develop a regulation requiring new trucks in targeted vocations be hybrid vehicles. This is the first workshop, in a series of workshops, which the ARB will hold in development of the regulation.
This meeting will be webcast for those unable to attend in person. Staff’s presentation and any handouts will be posted in advance of the workshop on ARB’s web site at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/hybridtruck/hybridtruck.htm.