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STATUS: In Progress YEAR: 2023 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health Vehicles and infrastructure CENTER: PSR

Zero Emission Heavy Duty Trucks: An Analysis of California's Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation

Project Summary

Project number: PSR-23-09
Funding source: LABC
Funding amount: $85,000
Performance period: 6/20/2023 to 1/31/2024

Project description

The Port of Los Angeles, via Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City plan, has a goal of 100 percent zero-emission on-road drayage trucks by 2035. The Port’s Clean Air Action Plan is a road map to transitioning the truck fleet to zero-emission vehicles. California’s executive order N-79-20 sets a target of 100 percent zero-emission trucks (medium- and heavy-duty) in the state by 2045 and 100 percent zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035. These targets are ambitious and will position California as the national leader in zero-emission goods movement. Yet the response to recent Port requests for proposals for zero-emission vehicles has been considerably below the number needed to begin a prompt transition.


In response to discussions with the LABC, we propose a three-part study to quantify the size of the zero-emission truck market, the potential economic benefits and costs of transitioning to zero-emission trucks, and the environmental and health benefits of such a transition.


Marlon Boarnet
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 301CLos Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
[email protected]


Genevieve Giuliano
Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
[email protected]