Truckmakers call for investment and coordination to support deployment of zero-emission vehicles

All four OEMs are founding members of Partners for a Zero Emission Vehicle Future, a growing coalition of stakeholders from across the transportation industry that sees ZEVs as the future of commercial transportation. (Partners for a Zero-Emission Vehicle Future)

TACOMA, Wash. – Speaking jointly on a recent panel at the Green Transportation Summit and Expo, representatives from Daimler Truck, Navistar, PACCAR and Volvo Group presented a shared vision for an industry-wide transition towards medium and heavy vehicles with zero emission vehicles (ZEV).

“ZEV utility vehicles are in production and ready for use in many applications,” said Dawn Fenton, vice president of government and public affairs at Volvo Group North America. “But the ZEV transition relies on more than OEM innovation. To get these vehicles on the roads, our country must prioritize a coordinated and comprehensive strategy, driving ZEV adoption and closing gaps in charging infrastructure. For this reason, the Volvo Group applauds the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provide significant federal support to the deployment of zero-emission heavy vehicles and infrastructure.

All four OEMs are founding members of Partners for a Zero Emission Vehicle Future, a growing coalition of stakeholders from across the transportation industry that sees ZEVs as the future of commercial transportation. Members of PZEVF (Partners for a Zero Emission Vehicle Future) include trucking associations, private operators and other stakeholders committed to achieving the environmental and economic goals of deploying medium and heavy-duty ZEVs.

Panelists addressed a wide range of issues, including the benefits of a coordinated national approach to deploying ZEVs, the importance of point-of-sale EV sales incentives to cover initial purchase costs for fleets and operators, the challenges faced by burdened electric utilities with grid upgrades, and the interplay of federal and state legislation in aligning policies and programs to support deployment goals .

The Inflation Reduction Act, which contains tax credits for the purchase of medium and heavy ZEVs and the installation of charging infrastructure, was cited by panelists as an example of policy progress. , who warned that more needed to be done.

“In the early stages of the industry’s transition to zero emissions, subsidies and incentives are essential to help operators and owners offset higher initial purchase costs and encourage the deployment of these vehicles on the roads. of our country,” said Alec Cervenka, Kenworth Zero Emissions Sales Director, who represented PACCAR on the panel. “In the future, as volumes increase and the industry brings economies of scale, we expect ZEV technology to deliver a total cost of ownership equal to or better than the current diesel truck.

Panelists cited California as an example of medium and heavy ZEV leadership, noting that more needs to be done to meet the aggressive ZEV adoption goals that many states are pursuing, with investment in the charging infrastructure as a key example.

“We are committed to zero emissions for trucks and buses,” said Kevin Maggay, senior director of public policy at Navistar. “The successful construction of charging and refueling infrastructure is one of the main drivers for the successful adoption of zero-emission technologies. As states seek to increase the deployment of zero-emissions technology for commercial vehicles, infrastructure construction should follow and keep pace with vehicle deployments to support a smooth technology transition.

Despite the challenges ahead, OEM representatives were confident that through collaboration and cooperation between public and private stakeholders, the end goal of ZEV commercial truck fleets was achievable.

“From consumers to policy makers to OEMs, it’s clear that a nationwide transition to ZEVs is needed and imminent,” said Kevin Otzenberger, senior eMobility product marketing analyst at Daimler Truck North America. “We need to learn early lessons from this nascent transition in order to make the long-term national deployment of ZEVs a success.”

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