CALSTART Releases Report Detailing Smart, Phased-In Approach to Zero-Emission Truck Charging Infrastructure Buildout
What: CALSTART, a clean-transportation technology nonprofit, has released their Phasing in U.S. Charging Infrastructure report, which describes a targeted, stepped approach to expanding the infrastructure needed to support rapid zero-emission (ZE) medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (ZE MHDV) adoption in the commercial transportation industry.
Widely available and distributed charging infrastructure is needed to support the transition of MHDVs to zero-emission. There are concerns over the time, cost, and starting point to building this infrastructure nationwide. CALSTART’s report sets forth an actionable roadmap to build-out the infrastructure in phases, efficiently and economically.
A factsheet describing CALSTART’s method is attached.
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Why: Medium- and heavy-duty trucks comprise the economic backbone of this nation’s economy. The majority of these vehicles are diesel-powered and emit the greatest amount of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere of all vehicles on the road. Transitioning to zero-emission MHDVs is critical to cleaning up the air and addressing climate-change issues.
In April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an approach for more stringent greenhouse gas standards for these vehicles and is currently working on finalizing these standards. The EPA standard, the Inflation Reduction Act, and similar federal, state, and private sector actions put the United States on a path to reducing emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030.
One of the main concerns to the feasibility of such stringent rules centers around charging infrastructure and grid readiness. CALSTART’s report shows how utilities, industry, and government can work together to build the infrastructure needed to help achieve these goals.
Who: CALSTART representatives, including president and CEO John Boesel and report author Michael Joseph, are available for interviews. Please contact Dirk Evenson ([email protected]; (619) 908-2903) or Shane Glaseman ([email protected]; (626) 744-5617) to make arrangements.