Mullen Automotive announced that its all-electric Class 3 low cab forward chassis truck has been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), clearing the way for sales across the United States. According to the OEM, the Mullen Three has been certified in compliance with CARB emissions standards. This means that the Mullen Three is now available for sale in the District of Columbia and 14 states, including California. These are all states which have adopted vehicle standards under Section 177 of the Clean Air Act that require additional approvals beyond EPA regulations.
Mullen’s Class 1 and Class 3 commercial vehicles are now both in receipt of Environmental Protection Agency and CARB certifications, the OEM reported. Both vehicles are also in full compliance with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Having received credentials from CARB and the EPA, Mullen can now sell both the Mullen One and Three in every state throughout the U.S. A copy of Mullen’s Class 3 CARB certification can be found on MullenUSA.com.
Additionally, CARB certification opens both the Mullen Oner and Three eligibility for critical state EV incentive programs, which vary by each eligible CARB-compliant state. The certification takes on even more significance with CARB’s recent Advanced Clean Fleets regulation, Mullen added. This regulation includes a requirement that state and local government fleets, including city, county, special district, and state agency fleets, ensure 50% of vehicle purchases are zero-emission beginning in 2024. Additionally, according to the Advanced Clean Fleet regulation, 100% of vehicle purchases must be zero-emission models by 2027. Fleets that fall under high priority may also elect to utilize ZEV milestones as an option to meet overall ZEV targets.
California’s HVIP project is an example of the kind of state incentive program available to CARB-certified vehicles. Under HVIP, the Mullen THREE EV truck, with a suggested MSRP of $68,500.00, may qualify for a rebate of up to $45,000.00 and, when combined with the available $7,500.00 federal tax credit, the net effective cost of the Mullen THREE would be less than $20,000.00.
“CARB approval accelerates commercialization of the Mullen THREE and makes our vehicle even more appealing to customers who want to electrify their fleets,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive. “Having both our Class 1 and Class 3 commercial EVs now CARB and EPA certified will continue to drive sales in all states across America.”