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  • Jul 21, 2020

This will be a very short post. I posted “eTrucking” a few weeks ago. It is linked below.

It was about (1) the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rules, (2) hydrogen fuel cell trucks (mainly Nikola), (3) the latest news on electric class 8 (semi-tractor-trailer) trucks, and (4) the latest news on box and specialty (medium-sized) trucks.

Today I came across an article that led me to the MOU signed by 15 states (including California) and DC. The MOU, “Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding” (linked below).

I’ve summarized the MOU below.

The Signatory States agree to work together to foster a self-sustaining market for zero emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles through the existing Multi-State ZEV Task Force, which will serve as a forum for state coordination, collaboration and information sharing on market enabling actions, research, and technology developments.

Within six months following execution of this MOU, the Task Force will develop a multi-state action plan to identify barriers and propose solutions to support widespread electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (Zero Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Action Plan). In developing the Action Plan, the Task Force shall give consideration, as appropriate, to the need for:

  • Financial vehicle and infrastructure incentives
  • Non-financial vehicle and infrastructure incentives;
  • Actions to encourage public transit and public fleet zero emission MHDV (medium- and heavy-duty vehicles) deployment;
  • Effective infrastructure deployment strategies;
  • Funding sources and innovative financing models to support incentives and other market-enabling programs;
  • Leveraging environmental and air quality benefits associated with adoption of the California Advanced Clean Trucks rule under Section 177 of the Clean Air Act;
  • Coordinated outreach and education to public and private MHDV fleet managers;
  • Utility actions to promote zero emission MHDVs, such as electric distribution system planning, beneficial rate design and investment in “make-ready” charging infrastructure;
  • Measures to foster electric truck use in densely populated areas;
  • Addressing vehicle weight restrictions that are barriers to zero emission MHDV deployment;
  • Uniform standards and data collection requirements; and
  • Any other initiative the Task Force deems appropriate.

In developing the Action Plan, the Task Force shall consult with and solicit input from key partners and stakeholders.

There were several other brief sections with supporting or co-beneficial goals, I will let you go through the above link if you are interested.

The chief executives of the signatories signed the MOU, and the Signatories were in alphabetical order):

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

In addition to the above, I came across an article from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that provided additional details on CARB’s Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rules. This is linked below.

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Matt Chester on Jul 22, 2020

Conspicuous when looking at the list of states who've signed on is that they are almost exclusive coastal states-- both East and West Coast-- with the exception of Hawaii and Colorado which more often aligns when the coastal states when it comes to progressive environmental measures. While it's great to start here, it would be great to see some more of the non-coastal states brought in and embrace this since the trucking industries remain so critical to them as well. 

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