States to Go after Cleaner Trucks, a Big Measure Ahead for Air and Climate Conditioning
At a recently released Memorandum of Understanding, 5 states and the District of Columbia have declared their intent to implement insurance regulations that encourage electrification of both medium-duty and heavy duty trucks. This follows California’s recent announcement to allow manufacturers to market electrical vans within their territory over the following 1-5 decades. According to UCS, cleaning up truck emissions is also essential for cutting pollution levels and meeting state local weather targets.
Jimmy O’Dea, senior Vehicle analyst for the Unmanned Aircraft System in UCS, provided the following statement.
“Transport is the largest source of international heating emissions from the country, and medium and heavy trucks account for much of it. Furthermore, buses and trucks around the world account for roughly one-half of all naturally-occurring nitrogen oxide contamination and over one-half of their particulate matter contamination – leading to adverse health effects.” To effectively combat air quality issues and weather change, any critical energy will likely require policies which reduce automobile emissions while also modernizing trucking operations with electric motors.
“These leaders recognize the significance of electric trucks in achieving their climate objectives. As these countries and also the District move forward, they must reevaluate insurance regulations to require auto manufacturers to sell electric trucks, assist truck owners in transitioning onto electric services by encouraging utilities to invest in charging infrastructure, and offering incentives for vehicle purchases.
“Today’s memorandum is only the start, but it is essential for moving us towards a cleaner and more secure future.”
On October 12th, Governors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont signed a memorandum in support of zero-emission trucks – with the mayor of Washington, DC joining in. Last month California also declared its earliest zero-emissions truck benchmark.