Jimmy O'Dea

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Jimmy O’Dea is a senior vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is an expert on cleaner vehicle and freight technologies and policies. See Jimmy's full bio.

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The Biggest Step To-Date on Electric Trucks

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the final draft of the Advanced Clean Trucks standard, a policy that will require truck manufacturers to make electric trucks. Under this policy, a given percentage of truck manufacturers’ sales in California must be battery or fuel cell electric vehicles beginning in model year 2024. The policy applies to truck manufacturers that sell more than 500 trucks annually in the state. Ten companies currently meet this threshold (brands in parentheses): Daimler (Freightliner, Thomas Built Buses, Western Star), Paccar (Kenworth, Peterbilt), Navistar (International, IC Bus), Ford, GM (Chevrolet, GMC), Fiat Chrysler (Dodge), Nissan, Isuzu, Toyota (Hino), and Volvo Group. Read more >

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A Policy to Increase the Availability of Electric Trucks

Today marks the opening of a 45-day public comment period on a proposal (“Advanced Clean Trucks”) that would require truck manufacturers to sell electric vehicles in California. The proposal is modeled after the state’s policy requiring carmakers to sell electric vehicles in the state, a major reason California has a disproportionate number of the country’s electric passenger vehicles. The standard would apply to Class 2b-8 trucks, which range from large pickup trucks to delivery trucks and semi trucks.

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More Charging Infrastructure Coming for Electric Trucks and Buses in California

Great news from San Francisco today. The California Public Utilities Commission approved San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) five-year, $107 million proposal to invest in charging infrastructure for electric trucks and buses. Read more >

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Electric Airport Shuttle Buses Are Taking Off

No single policy will solve all of our air quality and climate problems—but incremental progress will help (airport shuttle buses included). Read more >

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How Can We Get More Electric Trucks on the Road?

California is considering a policy to drive sales of electric trucks like it has done for sales of electric cars.

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