Drive to Zero Newsletter – April 2022

Dear Drive to ZeroTM Pledge Partners and Allies:

With 2022 well under way now, the Drive to Zero program and campaign is in full swing working to accelerate the transition to zero-emission commercial vehicles. As we look ahead to major events over the remainder of the year – including the ITF Summit 2022 in May, CEM13 in September, and COP27 in November – we are focused on advancing Global MOU implementation by supporting signatories in achieving their ambition and recruiting more governments and industry partners to join.

This month we were excited to launch a new thematic deep dive series in partnership with the Netherlands to support countries in developing strong policies for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. We were also excited to participate in the CEM Global Assembly, and look forward to working with community partners to facilitate industry participation and highlight ZECV technology at CEM13 in Pittsburgh. Along with Global MOU implementation, we continue to focus on developing tools, data, and research to drive market transformation, and to work closely with partners in key regions like India, China, Canada, and Europe. Please stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming months.

Finally, we continue to build a strong global team to coordinate this exciting work. In addition to welcoming our new Europe Director, Sita Holtslag, the Drive to Zero team has two exciting job openings: the Global Program Manager will lead and manage all of Drive to Zero’s global partner recruitment and engagement, and the China Program Manager will lead and manage Drive to Zero’s work in China. Please help us spread the word.

— Cristiano Façanha, Global Director, CALSTART / Drive to Zero

Program Updates

Global MOU Thematic Deep Dive Series: Technology Readiness and Economics

To support Global MOU implementation and engage with prospective MOU country signatories, Drive to Zero and the Netherlands recently launched a series of six invitation-only “thematic deep dive” discussions to share data, tools, and resources, and connect countries with leading technology and business experts who can support signatories in advancing their zero-emission medium-and heavy-duty vehicle (ZE-MHDV) ambitions. The first discussion took place on April 26 with a focus on current and upcoming technology readiness and economics of different ZE-MHDV technologies. Future thematic deep dives will focus on infrastructure, regulations, incentives, innovative financing, and enabling policies.

Drive to Zero Welcomes New Europe Director

With momentum building in Europe, including strong government and industry participation in the Global MOU, CALSTART is excited to welcome Sita Holtslag as Europe Director. In this newly established role Sita will lead Drive to Zero’s activities in Europe including strategy and fundraising, policy advocacy, industry engagement, and vehicle deployment support. Sita joins CALSTART from the Government of the Netherlands, where she led international freight and logistics efforts and was instrumental in advancing Dutch leadership on zero-emission freight vehicles and the close collaboration between CALSTART/Drive to Zero and the Netherlands.

ITF Summit 2022 – Zero-Emission Trucks Are Coming!

CALSTART/Drive to Zero is partnering with the Government of the Netherlands, ICCT, ZEV Alliance, Transport Decarbonisation Alliance, and host country Germany to organize an official side event at the Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum on May 19 in Leipzig, Germany. Recognizing significant technological progress and policy momentum, this side event will share the views of leading actors in the transition to zero-emission trucks.

Mass Fleet Advisor

In partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, CALSTART recently launched Mass Fleet Advisor, a free technical assistance program in Massachusetts offering advisory services and electrification planning assistance to private truck fleets. The Program aims to catalyze utilization of the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (“MOR-EV”) Truck electrification incentive funds and will provide up to 65 medium- and heavy-duty truck fleets with a Fleet Electrification plan, including fleet planning, total cost of ownership analysis, and a site assessment. Register for a recorded information session and visit for more information.

Zero-Emission Truck Showcase + Ride and Drive

On June 8, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and CALSTART are hosting a Zero-Emission Truck Showcase + Ride and Drive at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The event will feature HVIP-eligible vehicles available to test drive and will include training sessions on charging infrastructure, financing, and incentives. Experts from CARB and the California Energy Commission will also be available to answer HVIP and EnergIIZE questions.

News Updates

As adoption of zero-emission technology across the transportation field worldwide continues to accelerate, there are clear signs of progress as the Global Drive to Zero heads into the middle of 2022. Global MOU signatory Canada released its 2022 federal budget, and it includes an impressive investment of $780.9 million in medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs for the next five years. Canada also unveiled its federal government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, which includes $9.1 billion in funding for ZEVs. Germany’s postal service is embracing a green future by jettisoning diesel-powered delivery vehicles in favor of innovative “e-trikes” and other EVs, in the process accumulating the single largest fleet of EVs in Europe. On a local level, Boston announced a program to make its entire fleet of over 700 school buses zero-emission by 2030.for the next five years. Canada also unveiled its federal government’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, which includes $9.1 billion in funding for ZEVs. Germany’s postal service is embracing a green future by jettisoning diesel-powered delivery vehicles in favor of innovative “e-trikes” and other EVs. In the process, the nation is accumulating the single largest fleet of EVs in Europe. On the city level, the city of Boston in the United States’ Northeast announced a program to make its entire fleet of over 700 school buses zero-emission by 2030.

The private sector is deepening its commitment to EVs, as evidenced by Daimler Truck North America (DTNA)’s decision to include technician training for electric powertrain service, battery maintenance, and full truck repair at its Detroit Service Training Center. Mack Trucks unveiled a new Range Calculator for Electric Vehicles for its customers to build routes for the company’s LR Electric refuse vehicle. Ocean freight leader Maersk announced that it purchased 110 Volvo 110 VNR Electric trucks for its Performance Team, the single largest electric truck order to date. Infrastructure investor Meridiam is launching all-electric bus service in Senegal’s capital city Dakar, an investment worth over 135 million Euros spanning 15 years. Fuel cell trucks also continue to gain traction, with U.S. manufacturer Hyzon Motors delivering 18 fuel cell trucks to German firm Hylane.

Increased adoption of EVs has brought innovative approaches to implementation. Global MOU endorser Volta Trucks announced its first Truck-as-a-Service customer operations center in Paris, with another center planned for London. Zeem Solutions cut the ribbon on its first transportation-as-a-service hub, close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Inglewood, California. Israel’s Electreon revealed that it will extend the inductive charging road project Smartroad Gotland in Sweden for one year and make the electric airport shuttle bus on the road available for public use in summer 2022.

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– Justin Slosky, Technical Writer, CALSTART

News Digest



  • Volta Trucks reveals its first Truck-as-a-Service customer operations center (LINK)
  • Zeem launches first commercial electric vehicle Transportation-As-A-Service depot (LINK)

 Fleet Deployments

  • Maersk orders 110 electric Class 8 trucks from Volvo (LINK)
  • All-electric bus services to start in Senegal (LINK)
  • Boston to replace all 700 school buses with electric buses (LINK)

Manufacturers and Models: Trucks and Buses

  • DTNA updates training center for electrification (LINK)
  • Hyzon to deliver 18 FC trucks to Hylane (LINK)

Government Policies

  • ZEV sales mandate highlights $9.1-billion federal emissions reduction plan; industry reaction mixed (LINK)
  • Federal budget spending big on zero-emission vehicles (LINK)
  • Nevada Governor Signs Multi-State Medium & Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle MOU To Accelerate Transportation Electrification (LINK)

Financial Incentives

  • Experts say smaller fleets will lag in electric vehicle adoption (LINK)

Fuels & Infrastructure

  • Inductive charging: Smartroad Gotland to be extended (LINK)

Batteries & Technology

  • Mack Range Calculator for electric trucks helps customers plan routes for electrification (LINK)


  • The E-Trike Armada Propelling a Net-Zero Dream (LINK)