Nine Countries, 15 U.S. States Join Forces on Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles
Canada, eight other countries, and 15 U.S. states will work together to expand zero-emission commercial vehicle manufacturing, infrastructure, and deployment, following an announcement brokered by Calstart, a U.S. clean transportation non-profit.
Canada joined China, Chile, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden to pledge support for Calstart’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program ahead of last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the organization said in a release.
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“Our economy depends on the efficient movement of goods,” said Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan, and “greener commercial vehicles will lower global emissions.”
Along with more than 80 government, city, industry, fleet, and utility partners, the nine countries “agreed to work collaboratively to identify best practices to support and accelerate the growing zero-emission commercial vehicle market, eliminate barriers to development and adoption, and coordinate among stakeholders to grow the zero-emission commercial vehicle segment,” Calstart writes. The release cites Canada as the first country to sign the Drive to Zero pledge, which sets out to establish regional “beachhead” markets for zero-emission vehicles by 2025.
“Freight is often overlooked in the discussion, but is crucial for us to meet our climate goals and improve the liveability in cities,” said Netherlands Environment Minister Stientje van Veldhoven, adding that her country plans to introduce zero-emission zones for freight by 2025. “To keep goods flowing through our cities efficiently and clean, we need zero-emission vehicles.”
The Calstart release includes statements from officials from Chile, Sweden, Finland, and the United States and lists 15 U.S. states with zero-emission freight strategies.
“This multi-region, bipartisan commitment demonstrates the groundswell of support zero-emission commercial vehicles enjoy across the United States,” said Calstart Executive Vice President Bill Van Amburg. “A growing number of policy-makers are understanding the viability of the technology, and they appreciate that advancing zero-emission commercial vehicles provides enormous air quality benefits to low-income communities.”