On July 14, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, in
addition to governors from 14 other states and Washington, D.C., signed a
joint Memorandum of
Understanding. It commits the entities to work collaboratively
to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Under the MOU, states will work toward the goal that 100% of all new medium and heavy duty
vehicle sales will be zero emission by 2050. An interim target strives to
achieve 30% of all new MHD ZEV vehicle sales by 2030. The MOU provides a
framework to coordinate state efforts to meet these goals.
and heavy-duty ZEV action plan
The MHD ZEV MOU includes
a commitment to identifying barriers and proposing solutions to support
widespread adoption of these vehicles. States will work with the Multi-State ZEV Task Force coordinated by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), to develop the action plan.
DEQ is holding a public
meeting to solicit input from key partners and stakeholders to help inform the plan.
The meeting is open to all members of the public:
Medium and heavy-duty ZEV MOU stakeholder meeting, Dec. 15, 2020
Oregon is committed to
electrifying all vehicle sectors as a means of mitigating the consequences of
climate change and protecting the health of all those living in Oregon.
Currently, there is a light-duty (passenger cars) vehicle mandate in which manufacturers must provide for
increasing numbers of ZEV sales over the years.
MHD vehicles include large pickup trucks, vans,
delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses and long-haul delivery
trucks. Emissions from these
trucks are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases, and the number of
truck miles traveled on our roads is forecast to continue to grow
significantly in the coming decades. Accelerating
the move to zero emission trucks and buses is an essential step toward helping the state achieve its GHG reduction
goals of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.