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CARB to consider low NOx heavy-duty omnibus regulation on 27 August

The California Air Resources Board will consider the proposed Heavy-Duty Low NOx Omnibus Regulation on 27 August 2020. The proposed regulation is intended to ensure reductions in smog-forming NOx and protect communities most impacted by air pollution.

On-road heavy-duty vehicles are an essential part of the state’s economy. These vehicles are also significant sources of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), contributing nearly 31% of all statewide NOx emissions as well as 26% of total statewide diesel PM emissions.

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Source: CARB


The Proposed Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Omnibus Regulation would implement two measures included within California’s Revised 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan: “Low-NOx Engine Standard” and “Lower In Use Emission Performance Level.”

CARB’s Proposed HD Omnibus Rulemaking would comprehensively overhaul exhaust emission standards and test procedures and other emission-related requirements for 2024 and subsequent model year California-certified HD engines.

Highlights of the regulation include:

  • Lower NOx and PM emission standards on existing regulatory cycles as well as a new NOx standard on a new low-load certification cycle. The NOx standards would be cut to about 75% below current standards beginning in 2024 and 90% below current standards in 2027.

  • A revamping of the heavy-duty in-use testing program.

  • Warranty, Useful Life, and Emissions Warranty Information and Reporting improvements.

  • Strengthening the heavy-duty durability demonstration program.

  • Emissions averaging, banking, and trading program improvements.

  • Powertrain certification test procedures for heavy-duty hybrid vehicles.

Comments

SJC_1

NOx/O3 is the largest pollution problem, clean up tailpipes.

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