With the adoption of zero-emission buses increasing across the United States, transit agencies are faced with real challenges for future energy management and increasingly detrimental consequences in the event of utility grid outages. Microgrids, which are systems that use a variety of distributed energy resources and energy storage assets, provide numerous benefits over conventional approaches to resiliency. This report breaks down how microgrids not only ensure an uninterruptible power supply but will also work to offset utility costs as demand for and the cost of electricity increases in the coming decade. The top five high-level factors that transit agencies must consider for microgrids on a project-by-project basis, plus examples of real-world transit microgrid projects, are also included.
The third publication in CALSTART’s Zeroing in on Zero-Emission Trucks series, this market update highlights the continued increase in medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) zero-emission truck (ZET) deployments in the United States.
Policymakers, manufacturers, and end users have experimented with a number of policy tools to promote first clean and now primarily zero-emission vehicle adoption. An expanding number of states and regions have adopted a now well-proven policy tool to efficiently deploy zero-emission commercial vehicles—and now infrastructure—faster using an innovative and flexible point-of-sale incentive: the voucher incentive program (VIP).
Zero-Emission Trucks: The Facts provides a concise overview of the state of zero-emission freight vehicles in the U.S., including industry demand, supply, and benefits.
This report provides an updated inventory of adopted zero-emission buses (ZEBs)—defined as Class 3 and above battery-electric or fuel cell electric transit buses—that have been funded, ordered, and/or delivered within the United States and Canada, according to data collected through September 2022.
CALSTART's Delivery FLEET 1.0 software tool aids delivery companies in calculating the benefits of transitioning to zero-emission, first/last-mile delivery vehicles.
Aims to inform fleet operators in various stages of electrification on different options for simplifying their operations and lowering costs while making them more predictable.