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Future of clean trucks, buses facing key agency vote in November

If new clean trucks rules pass, freight trucks will need to begin reducing emissions by 90% by 2027. (Salem Reporter photo)

A future with electric garbage trucks and school buses and less polluting freight trucks is up for a vote in November by the state Environmental Quality Commission. 

The commission is considering two new rules for manufacturing cleaner and zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses and vans sold in the state. Vehicles that would be covered include everything from a Ford F250 to an Amazon delivery truck. 

One rule, if approved, would require that 30-50% of new vehicles sold in Oregon are zero emissions by 2030, and 40-75% of them are by 2035. 

The rule would take effect in 2024, giving manufacturers and sellers time to prepare. 

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