Accelerating the transition to zero-emission technologies, where feasible, is an important component of CARB’s strategy to meet the state’s air quality and greenhouse gas reduction goals. As such, CARB staff is currently developing a measure that would drive greater deployment of zero-emission forklifts within fleets throughout the state. This measure, which has been identified in CARB’s Mobile Source Strategy, State Implementation Plan, and Sustainable Freight Action Plan, is one of several near-term actions intended to facilitate further zero-emission equipment penetration in the off-road sector.
Forklifts operate in many different industry sectors but are most prevalent in manufacturing and at freight facilities, such as warehouse, distribution centers, and ports. There are approximately 100,000 forklifts operating in California.
This measure is scheduled for Board consideration in 2023.