Background

Global Commercial Vehicle Drive-to-Zero Workshop - An Official Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit

September 11, 2018 at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

CALSTART is launching 5-year program that will both enable and accelerate the growth of the global zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (MHDV) sector. Progress in this sector is critical for countries achieve the greenhouse gas emissions targets established under the Paris Accord. Outside of the United States, particularly in China, India, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, emission reductions from this sector will have a significant positive impact as commercial vehicles represent a large percentage of the total transportation market.

In collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), CALSTART developed a beachhead analysis, and identified the segments of the commercial vehicle market where zero-emission technology is most likely to succeed in the near term due to the following factors: technology readiness, duty cycle and use, industrial activity, and economics. The beachhead strategy was incorporated into CARB’s three-year investment plan that was approved by the Board in December of 2017. While noting that public policy, regulations, and incentives will play an important role in their success, several major global commercial vehicle OEM’s have validated and affirmed CALSTART’s analysis. CALSTART is actively leading and working on a variety of strategies to advance the beachhead markets in California, and increasingly in other US states, by securing funding for purchase incentives, changing utility regulatory policy to support investment infrastructure, developing and managing programs to develop next generation technology, and supporting progressive policy development.

The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) represents a unique and enormous opportunity to convene key stakeholders from across the world, and confirm their support for and participation in this initiative on an on-going basis. CALSTART plans to use its Global Commercial Vehicle Drive-to-Zero Workshop to secure commitments and officially launch this multi-year program to coordinate and foster successful collaboration that will result in the beachhead markets being commercially viable by 2025 in the target countries. The diversity and size of these beachheads would lead to the development of a far larger ecosystem that would enable zero emission to expand to other major commercial vehicle segments in the 2025-2040 timeframe.

 

 

For more information, please contact Zoheb Mohammed – zmohammed@calstart.org / 626-744-5629