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How should NC shift to electric trucks? DEQ wants to know

 Gov. Cooper has called for rules and sales targets to spur adoption of electric vehicles, to replace gas-burning heavy trucks that contribute to global warming.
David Boraks
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WFAE
Gov. Cooper has called for rules and sales targets to spur adoption of electric vehicles, to replace gas-burning heavy trucks that contribute to global warming.

Public meetings are planned around the state in the coming weeks to help state environmental officials draft rules to promote a shift to electric trucks.

An online information session is planned Jan. 9, followed by public meetings in Charlotte, Burlington and Pembroke. A final online meeting will be Feb. 21.

The online and in-person meetings follow Gov. Roy Cooper's Executive Order 271 in October that calls for adoption of an Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) program to fight climate change. Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in the state, and the governor's office says getting more commercial electric vehicles on the road also will improve public health.

Department of Environmental Quality officials will gather information at the meetings to help draft rules that would be presented to the state Environmental Management Commission in May.

Officials have said the ACT rules would set sales targets to encourage truck and bus makers to increase sales of electric vehicles in the coming decades. Two years ago, Cooper signed a multi-state agreement that calls for electric trucks and buses to reach 30% of vehicle sales by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

"By reducing vehicle emissions that impact all North Carolinians — especially low-income communities and communities of color — ACT will encourage economic development and job growth, maximize consumer choice for small businesses, and advance the state’s climate and environmental justice objectives," the DEQ said in announcing the meetings.

Here's the schedule:


Comments also may be emailed daq.publiccomments@ncdenr.gov with the subject line “Advanced Clean Trucks.” Deadline is Feb. 24, 2023.

More at DEQ.NC.gov/ACT.

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David Boraks is a WFAE weekend host and a producer for "Charlotte Talks." He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who has worked part-time at WFAE since 2007 and for other outlets including DavidsonNews.net and The Charlotte Observer.