15 Governors and Mayor of Washington, DC Commit to Electrification of Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks


Kelly Glascoff, kelly.glascoff@sierraclub.org

Washington, DC  -- Today, governors from 15 states and the Mayor of the District of Columbia released a joint memorandum of understanding on their commitment to truck electrification and eliminating toxic air pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses by 2050. The states joining this effort are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington as well as the District of Columbia.

This statement follows soon after California’s unprecedented zero-emissions truck standards, and marks the largest multi-state commitment so far to cleaning up transportation pollution. The new MOU calls for 30 percent of new truck and bus sales to be zero-emission by 2030, and 100 percent zero-emission by 2050. 

In response, Hieu Le, Sierra Club Clean Transportation for All Campaign Representative released the following statement:

“This multi-state commitment to truck electrification is a vital step towards more efficient vehicles and cleaner air. Transportation is the leading source of GHG pollution in the US, and these leaders clearly recognize that reducing truck emissions is critical to tackling the climate crisis. We commend the governors in these states and the Mayor of DC, and encourage them to follow up with specific policies that promote a transition to electric vehicles.”


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