San Diego Businesses Embrace the Future with Electric Truck Fleets

San Diego Businesses Embrace the Future with Electric Truck Fleets

San Diego is witnessing a remarkable transformation in its commercial transportation sector, with an increasing number of local businesses transitioning to electric truck fleets. This shift is largely fueled by the myriad of benefits that electric vehicles (EVs) offer, from significant cost savings in operations and maintenance to contributing to environmental sustainability. C&M Motors, NationaLease of San Diego, is leading the charge in this transition, offering businesses a firsthand experience with their demo SEA Electric truck, featuring a Hino body style—a familiar and trusted choice among small businesses.

Economic Benefits of Electric Truck Fleets

Cost Efficiency in Operations: One of the primary advantages for businesses upgrading to electric trucks is the reduction in operational costs. Electric commercial trucks, such as those powered by SEA Electric, cost significantly less per mile to operate compared to traditional combustion engine vehicles. This is due to lower fuel costs associated with electricity versus diesel or gasoline, coupled with electric vehicles’ higher efficiency rates.

Reduced Maintenance Requirements: Electric trucks boast fewer moving parts than traditional vehicles, which translates to decreased wear and tear. This means lower maintenance costs and less downtime for businesses. Components like the transmission and exhaust systems that frequently require repairs in gasoline or diesel trucks are either simplified or nonexistent in electric models, further reducing maintenance overhead.

Environmental and Social Benefits

Cleaner Air for Local Communities: As businesses replace their older, combustion engine fleets with cleaner alternatives like the Hino electric truck, the immediate benefit is the reduction in air pollutants. This shift not only supports San Diego’s green initiatives but also promotes public health by improving air quality, making our communities healthier places to live.

Supporting Sustainability Goals: By investing in electric commercial trucks, businesses contribute directly to global efforts against climate change. Electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, which means they play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping meet broader environmental targets.

C&M Motors’ Commitment with SEA Electric

Test Drive the Future: C&M Motors understands the importance of firsthand experience in the transition to electric vehicles. That’s why they offer a demo SEA Electric truck for businesses considering an upgrade. This demo provides a unique opportunity for business owners to see and feel the benefits of electric trucks in action, ensuring they make informed decisions about their fleet.

Familiar Yet Innovative: The SEA electric truck with a Hino body style marries traditional truck design with cutting-edge electric vehicle technology. This combination ensures a smooth transition for businesses moving from diesel to electric, as it offers familiarity in operation and handling while providing all the advantages of modern EV technology.

Join the Movement

Whether you are a meat and seafood distributor looking to reduce refrigeration costs, a moving company aiming to cut down on fuel expenses, or a civil organization striving to lead by example in environmental responsibility, transitioning to an electric fleet with the help of C&M Motors is a smart and sustainable choice.

Explore Electric Commercial Trucks: To learn more about how electric trucks can benefit your business and to schedule a test drive of the SEA electric truck, contact C&M Motors. Join the growing number of San Diego businesses that are not just surviving but thriving by choosing sustainable and economical fleet solutions.

CARB Clean Truck Check

CARB Clean Truck Check

California Air Resources Board (CARB) extended the Clean Truck Check reporting deadline, allowing heavy-duty truck owners an extra month for compliance. Initial reporting and fee payment for 2023 was required by January 31, 2024, using the new Clean Truck Check-Vehicle Inspection System (CTC-VIS) database. The program aims to reduce air pollution by restricting highly polluting trucks, promoting prompt emissions control system repairs, and enabling remote smog-check submissions.

Reporting applies to vehicles over 14,000 lbs. GVWR using diesel or alternative fuels in California, regardless of registration origin. Check TruckStop Clean Truck Check page for deadlines and program updates. The regulation targets heavy-duty vehicle emissions, projected to reduce nitrogen and particulate matter emissions significantly by 2037.

Clean Truck Check aligns with California’s plan to improve air quality, backed by a $624 million funding plan. This plan supports incentives for zero-emission vehicles, emphasizing equity. Funding includes vouchers for low-income residents, an e-bike incentive project, aid for school districts, and support for various mobility projects. The goal is to transition fleets to zero-emission options, contributing to California’s success in surpassing zero-emission vehicle goals.

For CARB compliance assistance, C&M Motors is here to help. Whether you would like to explore new electric truck options for your fleet in the short term or are simply planning for the future. Sign up for a test drive today!

How California’s New CARB Regulations on Refrigerated Trucks May Affect You

How California’s New CARB Regulations on Refrigerated Trucks May Affect You

After several years of development, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed and passed several new environmental regulations on refrigerated trucks that may have a significant impact on the industry.  The first of these regulations come into effect in December 2022.  If you or your company operates reefers on the West Coast, you need to start taking action now to ensure you remain in compliance!

What You Need To Know About California Regulations And CARB Compliant Trucks

I. Why new regulations?

For years, there had been concerns about the amount of emissions generated by refrigerated trucks, as well as questions about the impact of the refrigerant being used.  The key issue was that, unlike standard trucks, reefers had to remain running at all times while loaded.  This could potentially result in trucks sitting idle for hours, waiting to be loaded/unloaded, releasing more greenhouse gases than the average truck.

So, CARB, California’s state body regulating air quality, decided to step in and address the issue.

II. What will the new CARB regulations accomplish?

The new CARB regulations have a single long-term goal: that all reefers in California will be zero emissions by the year 2029.  This does give shippers and independents a lot of time to prepare, but it won’t happen all at once.  The new regulations will be rolled out year by year.  Planning will help you stay in compliance across the next decade.

And to be clear: these regulations will apply to all reefers operating in California, regardless of where they are registered or headquartered.

III.  What are the first milestones for CARB-compliant trucks?

To get started, you should be looking to the end of 2022, as well as 2023.

In December 2022:

  • All newly manufactured reefers – both trucks and trailers – must use low-emissions refrigerant or no refrigerant at all.  If refrigerant is used, it must have a global warming potential no higher than 2,200.
  • New reefer models must also lower particulate emissions, in accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 final off-road particulate matter emission standard for 25-50 hp engines.

In December 2023:

  • Owners of reefer trucks must report all trucks operating in California to CARB, pay fees, and attach stickers demonstrating their CARB compliance.
  • Owners with older reefers must upgrade at least 15% of their fleet to be zero emissions and continue to do so until all trucks are upgraded by 2029.

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These regulations may sting, but they’ve become an unavoidable cost of doing business in California.  To learn more about your options in CARB-compliant trucks, contact us at C&M Motors.

2020 CARB Regulations – Are You Ready?

CARBIt’s already September and we are in the final months of the calendar year. As a business owner, are you ready for the new DMV registration restrictions that await California businesses in 2020?

Many trucks will be denied registration next year as a result of a new rule that goes into effect starting in 2020. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will require confirmation from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) that commercial trucks over 14,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) are in compliance with the air quality rules before permitting registration.

CARB is reaching out to businesses whose truck records show their vehicles are out of compliance. If you have received a notice or if you believe you have a vehicle that is out of compliance with the new 2020 CARB Regulations, we can help. C&M Motors, NationaLease of San Diego has been serving small and medium businesses like yours for over 37 years. A trusted family-owned business with NationaLease nationwide support.

We understand the 2020 CARB Regulations and have the resources to help you. Let us help you plan for 2020.

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(800) 736-3443

CARB Compliance – Are You Ready?

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is taking steps to ensure that trucks and buses meet the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) regulations. These regulations are currently in effect which means that in order to renew your vehicle’s registration, you must be compliant with the regulatory requirements.

What are the CARB Requirements for 2020?

For Medium Duty and Lighter Vehicles (GVW over 14,000 and under 26,000), the focus for 2020 is 2004 models and older. However, next year the regulations affect 2005-2007 models. In 2023, it will additionally encompass 2008-2010 models. For Heavy Duty vehicles (GVW over 26.000), the 2020 regulations affect vehicle model years 2000 and older. Next year the regulations include 2001-2005. In 2022, vehicles from 2006 and 2007 and finally in 2023, 2008 through 2010 vehicles will be regulated.

Here is the compliance schedule…

CARB compliance

If your vehicle needs to meet the regulatory requirements over the next few years, get your fleet ready. Reporting fleet and vehicles information to CARB, such as VIN numbers, may be needed to ensure you are not denied registration or fined for not verifying compliance.

C&M Motors can help. Get your fleet in shape for 2020 and beyond. Call us today to get you on the road to CARB compliance.

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2020 DMV Compliance Verification – Are you ready?

2020 DMV Compliance Verification


The California Department of Motor Vehicles will begin compliance verification starting January 1st, 2020. This process will ensure that vehicles are in compliance with the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation. Failure to comply may result in delays in obtaining DMV registration.

The regulation applies to nearly all diesel trucks; a few minor exemptions are offered.

For lighter vehicles – Commercial Trucks Weighing 14K-26K lbs. GVWR

2004 and older DMV Compliance verification begins on Jan 1st, 2020.

2005-2007 DMV Compliance verification begins one year later Jan 1st, 2021.

2008-2010 DMV Compliance verification begins Jan 1st, 2023.

For heavier vehicles – Commercial Trucks Weighing 26K+ lbs. GVWR

2000 and older DMV Compliance verification begins on Jan 1st, 2020.

2001-2005 DMV Compliance verification begins one year later Jan 1st, 2021.

2006-2007 DMV Compliance verification begins yet another year later Jan 1st, 2022.

2008-2010 DMV Compliance verification begins Jan 1st, 2023.

In some cases, you may already me out of compliance for which the penalty is a registration hold. Don’t delay in learning about the regulations and working with a commercial truck dealer that can help you upgrade your fleet and keep your business moving.

Visit our CARB fact page or give us a call. Our family owned and operated business has been helping greater San Diego business with their transportation needs since 1982.

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(800) 736-3443

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