It is difficult to understate the importance of California’s adoption of the trailblazing Advanced Clean Cars II rule designed to ensure that by 2035, 100% of new cars and light trucks (as well as motorcycles) sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles.

The stated objective of this ambitious measure is to reduce the emissions that cause climate change by stopping any further loss of the ozone layer thanks to a reduction in the pollutants that cause it – principally oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) from fuel combustion. 

The new regulation accelerates requirements that manufacturers deliver an increasing number of zero-emission light-duty vehicles each year beginning in model year 2026. Sales of new ZEVs (Zero Emission Vehicles) and PHEVs will start with 35% that year, build to 68% in 2030, and must reach 100% in 2035.  Significant penalties will be assessed for those who cannot comply, with a system of carbon credits to help ease the transition for manufacturers to do so.

Manufacturers of compliant electric vehicles will be awarded these carbon credits depending on vehicle characteristics including range, battery capacity, top speed, and fast charging capability.

Among these eligible manufacturers is expected to be Energica Motor Company, whose motorcycles are currently sold in California and according to the proposed carbon credit criteria, will be awarded the maximum number of credits per motorcycle unit possible.

CARB posted the proposed language on the rulemaking website on November 28th and the finalized regulations are expected to come into effect next Spring.

A Public Hearing to review the impact of the proposed Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations on motorcycles will be convened at the CalEPA building on January 25th, 2024, in Sacramento.

Energica has been invited to participate at the Hearing, as a prominent manufacturer of premium electric motorcycles with the longest range, largest battery, power and top speed, as well as the first to provide DC Fast Charging capability.

Despite recent news events, the continuing regulatory process for the Advanced Clean Cars II rule indicates that the state of California remains committed to the objectives set out in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20.

Additional states have pledged to follow a similar approach to CARB, so the impact of these regulations even if not implemented as quickly in those states, will nevertheless be profound:

  • Connecticut.
  • Delaware.
  • Maine.
  • Maryland.
  • Massachusetts.
  • New Jersey.
  • New Mexico.

Further information on the Public Hearing from CARB is enclosed below: