US Wants Trucks and Buses to Be All-Electric by 2040

The US has signed up to the goal of achieving 100percent zero emission trucks and buses in 2040. This was made public at the COP27 summit on climate change in Egypt this week. This Non-binding Global Memorandum of Understanding (Global MOU) on Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles outlines a route towards an electric and hydrogen-powered futuristic future of segments which have seen less attention in the past decade, despite the fact that the interest in the market for EVs has increased.

An additional 16 nations also signed the MoU which includes those from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Uruguay, Turkey, Austria, Canada, and more.

US set a zero-emissions goal for heavy-duty vehicles

It is a worldwide commitment that will lead to completely zero emission new truck or bus purchases, and a target of 30% to be completed in 2030.

In the last month, a number of lawmakers called for Biden to sign the global MOU and argued that it would “send clear signals of market demand to the business.” Senator Martin Heinrich, who led the initiative, claimed.

The MOU “does not make it mandatory for US government agencies establish the latest emission targets, standards or standards.”

Many companies are bringing ingenious zero-emission heavy-duty cars to market, including Ideanomics electronic street sweepers as well as the Soletrac electrical tractor segment. Additionally, Volvo Trucks is advancing the market by launching its first EV trucks that are made of fossil-free steel.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an array of new products by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and a number of other truck makers such as those like e-Actros Long-haul, that are striving to make long-distance electric trucking feasible. Even the companies admit that the kinds of routes they serve by trucks are important in the present, since fleets must invest in charging infrastructure at both points. A daily route of around a hundred miles with heavy-duty electric trucks are feasible currently and are being developed by fleet managers between ports and warehouses, which allows for a predetermined charging schedule.

The state of buses is a little more complicated in the US. In contrast to Europe and several other countries in the US did not invest heavily in battery-electric buses and trolley-buses and the offerings of manufacturers are on the low side. The problem of charging infrastructure may be less of a concern than trucking long distances, since buses typically charge their depots at their own expense and cover a smaller geographical region.

So it will certainly be a while before we see a battery-electric Greyhound bus travel for hours at a time between charging stations.

Of course, there is no penalty if this goal is not reached by 2040—we don’t need to tell you just how binding a non-binding memorandum of understanding is. As this is several presidential administrations into the future, the non-achievement of this target can be later explained away by market factors, as we’ve seen with other such long-term agendas.

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