Advanced Clean Trucks

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What is Advanced Clean Trucks?

On October 25, 2022, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 271, charging the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to initiate the rulemaking process for an Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) program.

Learn more about EO271


ACT will position North Carolina to benefit from the global market transition to electric vans and trucks by requiring manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicles over time while providing flexibility, through credits, trading and other features, as segments of the market grow at different speeds. The sales targets would also drive investment in other zero-emission technologies including charging and fueling infrastructure.

The ACT program applies to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 8,500 pounds, covering a variety of vehicles ranging from delivery vans, box trucks, garbage trucks and semi tractors. ACT would not apply to consumer passenger vehicles or off-road vehicles.

First enacted by California, ACT rules have also been adopted in Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont.


of on-road NOx emissions come from MHD vehicles

Medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) gas and diesel vehicles comprise only 3.2% of North Carolina’s registered vehicle fleet, yet emit 26% of smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, 32% of particulate matter, and a significant portion of other hazardous air pollutants from total on-road vehicle traffic in the state. The transportation sector accounts for 36% of the state’s gross greenhouse gas emissions — more than any other sector.

Your Voice Matters

DEQ and the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) hosted stakeholder engagement opportunities to develop meaningful involvement with the public before finalizing its proposed rules and fiscal analysis in May 2023. Outreach included informational webinars, in-person community listening sessions and virtual listening sessions. Several meetings offered live Spanish interpretation services.

Watch the Stakeholder Input Webinar recording - 02/01/2023

The Division of Air Quality is moving quickly to develop a draft of the Advanced Clean Trucks rules and fiscal analysis to present to the Environmental Management Commission’s Air Quality Committee. Should the Environmental Management Commission decide to move forward with the Advanced Clean Trucks program, there will be an official public comment period and public hearing later this year. If you wish your comments to be entered into the official public record for this rulemaking proposal, you will be required to resubmit your comments to the Division during the public comment period or at the public hearing.

What We Heard

February 21, 2023

On Feb. 21, 2023, a final wrap-up webinar provided an overview of the feedback we received so far during our engagement process, and discussed next steps in the outreach and rulemaking process.

Wrap-Up Stakeholder Webinar Presentation Slides - 02/21/2023

More Information

For additional questions

Robin Barrows
DAQ Allied Programs Branch Supervisor

Shawn Taylor
DAQ Public Information Officer


Si necesita esta información en español por favor llame al 919-609-2189 o mande un correo a


Diapositivas de presentación de la reunión de partes interesadas
Hoja informative de Camiones Limpios Avanzados (ACT por sus siglas en inglés)
Folleto informativo de ACT
Cuestionario de partes interesadas
Comunicado de prensa