CALSTART & Ceres Climate Week NYC 2020: Charting a path to 30 percent zero-emission commercial vehicle sales by 2030 | 9.23.20

CALSTART & Ceres Climate Week NYC 2020: Charting a path to 30 percent zero-emission commercial vehicle sales by 2030

Strategies & best practices to transform commercial vehicle segment, fulfill historic multi-state commercial vehicle MOU

NEW YORK – Clean transportation technology accelerator and national nonprofit consortium CALSTART and business sustainability organization Ceres will explore the path to getting roughly one-third of the nation’s commercial vehicle market to 30 percent zero-emissions sales by 2030 in a virtual Climate Week NYC 2020 workshop today.

The ambitious 30 percent zero-emissions sales goal was recently adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia in the landmark Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU also calls for the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington as well as the District of Columbia to work collaboratively to get to 100 percent zero-emission commercial vehicle sales by 2050.

“There is much work to be done to develop markets for zero-emission commercial vehicles in the states that have joined in this historic agreement to bring the ambitious zero-emission sales targets to within reach,” said CALSTART Northeast Regional Director Ben Mandel. “We know that zero-emission vehicle models are ready and available for purchase now in markets with the right policy signals, so now is the time for more states to send decisive signals that the future is zero-emission.”

“The economic and environmental benefits of zero-emission commercial vehicles are undeniable. Forward-looking business leadership and coordinated action between states is essential to drive electric truck deployment at the pace and scale needed to tackle the climate crisis,” said Alli Gold Roberts, Director of State Policy at Ceres.

In addition to CALSTART and Ceres, experts from Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, National Grid, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Colorado Energy Office, DP-DHL Americas, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will participate in this online workshop. The public is invited to join virtually today at 9am-11am ET (registration is required). The experts will discuss the policies, programs, incentives and other actions states and cities can adopt to grow their zero-emission commercial vehicle segments quickly, strategically and equitably.

CALSTART counts global fleets like Ryder, UPS, FedEx and IKEA as well as zero-emission innovators like New Flyer, Arrival, BYD, XOS and Tesla as partners. Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization, works with influential private innovators including Apple, Gap, PepsiCo, and The Walt Disney Corporation.

CALSTART | Changing transportation for good

A national nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado and California and partners world-wide, CALSTART works with 250+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry. We knock out barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.


Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. For more information, visit and follow @CeresNews.