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New York Public Service Commission turns the wheel on truck and bus charging infrastructure

By Pamela MacDougall and Cole Jermyn

After much anticipation, New York is taking a significant step to accelerate the rollout of zero-emission trucks and buses. Last week, the New York Public Service Commission formally opened a proceeding aiming to deploy the charging infrastructure needed to serve medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. This is a critical opportunity for the state and its utilities to make real progress towards achieving New York’s ambitious climate and truck and bus electrification goals.

New York is already on its way to get these vehicles on its roads and to meet these targets — having adopted California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule in 2021, which requires auto manufacturers to invest in, produce and sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission trucks. The state also aims for all new school buses to be electric by 2027, with school bus fleets ready to fully electrify by 2035. But to carry these objectives through, regulators and utilities must ensure that there is sufficient charging infrastructure to adequately support the coming zero-emission vehicles.

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Texas awards $8 million in state incentives for electric trucks

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has awarded $8.2 million in state incentives to help companies operating in Texas purchase 51 electric trucks.

The announcement is a win for communities, the climate and the companies who secured the historic funding opportunity. The announced funds should signal to companies across the country that clean fleet investments are now part of the package of economic incentives that make Texas such an attractive place to do business.

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After a worrisome delay, New Jersey regulators are making real progress on electric truck charging infrastructure

By Elizabeth B. Stein and Cole Jermyn

Back in December, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities released a revised straw proposal for the development of charging infrastructure for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles throughout the state. This proposal comes over a year after the preliminary proposal was released in June 2021. When it comes to building infrastructure at a large scale and the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other health-harming pollution, especially in already overburdened communities, a year’s delay is costly. The BPU must work quickly to finalize an order and direct the utilities to implement their resulting programs soon to align with the rapid deployment of zero-emission trucks and buses expected in New Jersey.

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Rule #1 of deploying hydrogen: Electrify first

By Eriko Shrestha and Tianyi Sun  

There is extraordinary excitement today over zero and low carbon hydrogen. But can it live up to the silver-bullet hype? 

Case in point: Evidence indicates that in certain applications, green hydrogen made using wind or solar power could indeed yield a big climate benefit over fossil fuels. And in applications where other clean alternatives are lacking, it could be one of our best decarbonization tools.  

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4 ways manufacturers can support fleets on their road to electrification

Electric heavy-duty vehicles have come a long way in a pretty short time. Back in 2018, we were excited about prototype vehicles and trucks with 60-mile range. Today there are scores of truck models available at ever increasing ranges, clear market segments where these vehicles can thrive today, and ever-growing fleet interest in deploying these vehicles.

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The building blocks are in place for a strong Advanced Clean Fleets rule in California

By Lauren Navarro & Pamela MacDougall

California air regulators are currently considering adoption of the Advanced Clean Fleets rule — a purchase requirement for medium and heavy-duty fleets to adopt an increasing percentage of zero-emission trucks. This rule has the potential to be transformative.

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