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AEE’s statement on White House remarks on electrifying heavy-duty vehicles

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 7, 2022

White House clean transit actions will drive jobs to America’s electrified transportation sector and pave a faster route to meeting EV adoption.

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) praised Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks announcing federal action to accelerate clean transit and heavy-duty electric vehicle adoption. The announcement comes after the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Trucks Rule,” which outlines standards for heavy-duty vehicle emissions that would reduce truck pollutants 90% below current EPA standards for model year 2031 vehicles, the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which included $5 billion in electric school bus funds, and the White House’s goal late last year to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. These vehicles, which include school buses, trucks, and government fleets, account for nearly a quarter of the country’s transportation emissions.

AEE transportation policy director Ryan Gallentine released the following statement on America’s path to electrifying heavy-duty vehicles:  

“Our country has the technology and products to provide fleets with the vehicles needed to start working today to meet the Biden Administration's goals.  

“The critical supply chain of goods throughout the country impacts our economy and the health of residents it passes through. States have begun piecing together their own policies, such as California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule and the 5 states that have adopted it, and the Midwest MOU, and CO’s Clean Trucks strategy. 

“Creating the road to cleaner transportation in the U.S. ultimately can’t be paved state by state. By providing a base for all states, and regulatory certainty for suppliers of delivery vans, trucks, and tractor-trailers, this policy provides a roadmap for regions and businesses to work with.” 

Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, electric vehicles