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What to Know About CARB’S Forklift Regulations

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The California Air Resources Board proposed regulations on forklifts sold and operated in California. As part of CARB's goal trying to meet the state's air quality and greenhouse gas reduction goals, the use of internal combustion forklifts is proposed to be phased out for electric forklifts.

Businesses using forklifts will slowly phase out the use of internal combustion forklifts for zero emission electric forklifts.

While the proposed plan would not implement until 2026, businesses should plan accordingly. 

CARB's Proposed 2026 Regulations

  • Restrict sale of internal combustion forklifts
  • Restrict sale, rental or lease of IC forklifts under 12,000 lbs. lift capacity
  • Require gradual retirement of Large Spark Ignition forklifts over 13 years old
  • End all sales of IC forklifts by 2035
  • Special provisions available for fleets with 25 or fewer forklifts 

Options for Businesses

CARB will offer cash incentives for businesses who chose electrical forklifts and material handling equipment through their Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District offers an electric forklift incentive pilot program for customers.

Businesses can purchase or rent zero emission forklifts.

The restrictions for forklifts with zero emission options will start sooner and later for rough terrain and 12,000 lbs. lift capacity forklifts.

For businesses searching for electric forklift options for an upgrade now or in preparation for CARB's regulations, Madland Toyota-Lift offers a range of electric forklift options to best suit your business. Contact us for more information. 

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Wednesday, 21 February 2024