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California pushes electric trucks as future of freight

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🗞️ Driving the news: California is implementing a rule prohibiting the addition of diesel trucks to the list of vehicles approved for port operations
This is part of the state's effort to phase out diesel-powered trucks, focusing on reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality around ports.

🔭 The context: Trucking companies, like Harbor Pride Logistics, are adapting to this change, acquiring electric trucks despite challenges like high costs and operational limitations
The shift is significant as trucking is a major source of carbon emissions, and California's ports are key hubs for cargo

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Transitioning to electric trucks at California's ports could greatly reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in nearby communities
This move is part of a broader strategy to decarbonize trucking and serve as a model for other states and regions.

⏭️ What's next: The state aims to completely decarbonize port trucking by 2035. The challenge lies in balancing environmental goals with the economic and operational realities of the trucking industry, particularly for smaller fleets.

💬 One quote: “It’s a brand-new technology, first generation, so I knew things were going to happen, but I wasn’t expecting all my 14 trucks to be taken back,” - Neri Diaz, CEO of Harbor Pride Logistics.

📈 One stat: As of November, only 180 electric trucks (1% of the total) were registered to operate at the Port of Los Angeles, highlighting the nascent stage of this transformation.

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