To get more electric trucks on the road in California, the UCS Clean Transportation team skillfully combined science and advocacy. Here’s an inside look. BY JIAYU LIANG
Millions of Californians live in regions with levels of air pollution that exceed federal standards, particularly in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the Central Valley. Back in November 2016, the agency charged with helping the state meet federal air quality standards— the California Air Resources Board (CARB)—was addressing one aspect of the problem: pollution from trucks. Although trucks and buses make up only 7 percent of all vehicles on the road in California, they are responsible for 23 percent of global warming emissions from vehicles in the state, and an even more disproportionate share of other pollutants.