SCH Number 2023030239
- Zero Emission Forklift Regulation
- The proposed Zero-Emission Forklift Regulation (Proposed Regulation) seeks to advance zero-emission technology in forklifts to reduce emissions and to facilitate further technology development and zero-emission infrastructure expansion. The Proposed Regulation would require forklift fleets to transition spark-ignited (e.g., propane and gasoline forklifts) to zero-emission technology. Specifically, the Proposed Regulation would target spark-ignited forklifts with a lift capacity of 12,000 pounds or less (hereinafter “affected forklift”). Starting in 2026, the measure would both restrict the sale and purchase of new affected forklifts in California and require existing fleets to phase out affected forklifts over time. CARB is proposing this measure because many forklift applications are well-suited for zero-emission technology, and because transitioning spark-ignited forklifts to zero emission would reduce emissions that contribute to unhealthy regional ozone and particulate matter and to climate change.
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