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) are hosting stakeholder engagement opportunities to develop meaningful involvement with the public before finalizing its proposed rules and fiscal analysis in May 2023.

Following a kickoff informational webinar on Jan. 9, 2023, we will hold three in-person community listening sessions across North Carolina. Two stakeholder webinars on Feb. 1, 2023, will provide another forum to give input. At a final webinar on Feb. 21, DEQ will provide an overview of the input received and discuss the next steps in rulemaking.

Can't make a meeting? Email your thoughts to or call 919-707-8726 and leave a voice mail.

Submit comment via email

Additionally, as part of the formal rulemaking process, there will be a 60-day public comment period and public hearing during the summer of 2023.


Information Webinar Recording

January 9, 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 Si necesita interprete durante la junta, llame al (919) 609-2189.


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