Transportation of freight and people is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. Medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) vehicles – including large pick-up trucks and vans, delivery and box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks – contribute significantly to these emissions, which are putting the Earth’s climate in peril. They also produce harmful emissions of particulates and smog-forming nitrogen oxides that disproportionately impact public health in communities located near freight hubs, bus depots, and trucking corridors.
This Action Plan is the culmination of two years of work by the ZEV Task Force identifying barriers and opportunities for rapid and equitable truck and bus electrification and actionable policy and program recommendations for state policymakers, utilities, and utility regulators. The plan also includes recommendations for local and federal government policymakers.
Jurisdictions that worked together and with NESCAUM to produce the Action Plan include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Quebec.