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Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicles

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. 

Medium- 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.  

Medium- and heavy-duty ZEV MOU stakeholder meeting, Dec. 15, 2020

DEQ held a public meeting to solicit input from key partners and stakeholders to help inform the plan.


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.


Rachel Sakata, 503-229-5659