Last week, 17 states, the District of Columbia (DC), and Quebec agreed to a Multi-State Action Plan that aims to “translate commitment into action” by accelerating the market for zero-emission trucks, vans, and buses. Participants commit to strive to make at least 30 percent of sales of new medium-and heavy-duty vehicles (MHD) zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030, and 100 percent of sales ZEVs by no later than 2050. The action plan also cites known challenges, and provides 65 recommendations and strategies to assist state policymakers in achieving these transition goals in a just and equitable manner.
The release of the collaborative multi-state report, facilitated by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), arrives on the heels of President Biden’s target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law adds $5B in funding for states with a goal to build a national charging network.
In addition to DC and Quebec, Multi-State Action Plan signatories include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
August 1 was the deadline for plan submission and is a prerequisite for receiving BIL funding. Other states including Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan have also submitted EV plans for implementation outside of NESCAUM. To learn more, check out the following links: ZEV Taskforce’s Multi-state Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan; Fact Sheet: The Biden-Harris Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan, 17 States Release EV Plan to Electrify Trucks and Buses; and States Must Develop EV Infrastructure Plans to Access $5B in Federal Funding: DOE, DOT.