Action on Climate Change

Overview of Truck Alternative Fuels Study and Implementation

Medium and heavy-duty vehicles, or MHD, are a significant source of greenhouse gases and Oregon needs to take actions to reduce emissions. DEQ will conduct a survey to identify the fueling and infrastructure needs for MHD to be powered by electricity, hydrogen, renewable natural gas, or other lower carbon biofuels.

The results of the survey will inform approaches state agencies can take to enable a transition to alternative fuels. DEQ will lead the work, with the Oregon Department of Transportation providing technical data and expertise in the MHD sector. The goal of this effort is to provide technical support to the MHD sector, not to regulate or mandate specific fuels or technology.

As part of this research effort, DEQ will

  • Develop a fleet profile for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in Oregon;
  • Survey Oregon-based fleets to determine alternative fuel barriers;
  • Evaluate data, develop action plan for increased utilization of alternative fuels;
  • Conduct outreach to state agencies and fleets on study results; and
  • Incorporate study results into future alternative fuel efforts.

Alternative Fuels Study Timeline

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Anticipated outcomes of the study

The Alternative Fuels Study will provide an Oregon-specific Medium and Heavy-Duty fleet profile as well as inform scenarios to increase alternative fuel usage. The study will identify opportunities to develop policies that combine local, regional, state and federal regulations and funding opportunities. A coordinated effort will increase alternative fuel adoption, reduce greenhouse gases and other tailpipe emissions, and address disproportionate impacts to environmental justice communities. The study will also identify barriers for conversion to alternative fuels including those that disproportionately affect COBID firms.

Contact

Morgan Schafer,
Air Quality Planner