States band together to push for nationwide fleet electrificatio

The Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle initiative has been working since 2020 to develop recommendations for policymakers on how to push truck and bus electrifications in their state. Led by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management Initiative, the group includes 17 states from across the country as well as Quebec and Washington, D.C., which signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on an action plan for how to push truck and bus electrification in their states.

As of March, there is a draft plan in place, and the group collected public feedback on the plan through May 9.

Recommendations vary, including calls for heightened sales and fleet purchase requirements to state financing programs for fleet conversions and the coordinated development of long-haul charging infrastructure.

Environmental advocates applaud the plan for bringing interstate stakeholders together on actionable electrification goals and say it now comes down to implementation.