Drive to Zero Newsletter – September 2022

Dear Drive to Zero™ Pledge Partners and Allies:

Tomorrow, the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF), a joint convening of the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial and 7th Mission Innovation (CEM13/MI7) ministerial, kicks off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The world’s top energy and climate ministers, companies, and international experts will come together for the next three days with the goal of accelerating clean energy transitions and addressing the climate crisis.

CALSTART and Drive to Zero are collaboratively leading a number of activities at CEM13/MI7, including a high-level speaker and panel event featuring top ministers and business innovators, a workshop examining the road to reaching the ambitious benchmarks laid out in the Global MOU, and a Zero-Emission Truck (ZET) Global Expo. More than a dozen zero-emission heavy-duty tractors, delivery vans, step vans, box trucks, and more will be on display outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Fort Duquesne Blvd. for the in-person zero-emission vehicle showcase. Manufacturers include Lightning eMotors, Nikola, XOS, Amazon/Rivian, Volvo, Lion, Ford, Workhorse, Peterbilt, International, Mack, Morgan Truck Body, and more.

— Owen MacDonnell, Project Manager, CALSTART / Drive to Zero

Program Updates

Global Clean Energy Action Forum: CEM13/MI7

Watch this video for more information on CALSTART, Drive to Zero, the government of the Netherlands, and partners’ series of side events at the GCEAF! Although registration is officially closed, Drive to Zero may still be able to secure your entrance to the GCEAF. Please send your contact information to to request consideration for entry.

Drive to Zero at COP27

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) will take place from November 8-20, 2022, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for announcements from Drive to Zero in the coming weeks.

News Updates

The zero-emission transportation industry will be plugged in to GCEAF coverage for the rest of the week, with growing anticipation for announcements to accelerate electrification. Earlier this month, manufacturers continued to take significant strides in developing robust zero-emission product lines: Volvo Trucks, which will have its VNR Electric truck on display at CALSTART’s ZET Global Expo at the GCEAF, now has its heaviest 44-ton electric trucks in production. Ballard is previewing its new fuel cell concept for heavy-duty trucks at IAA Transportation 2022, which is also taking place this week. In addition, Kenworth unveiled a strategy of exploring and investing in both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies to meet all range, refueling/recharging time, and payload capacity expectations, citing the inevitability of an electric transportation future.

Further illuminating this writing on the wall, a recent survey from Descartes found that 54% of respondents comprising over 8,000 e-commerce consumers across nine countries in Europe, the United States, and Canada would accept longer lead times from companies that place importance on sustainable delivery – and 20% would pay more for this guarantee. Interest in sustainable freight initiatives will likely continue to help drive the transition, especially as reports on the success of emissions reduction policies like the U.S. Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which saved 520 million gallons of diesel fuel and delivered billions of dollars in health benefits over ten years, become public – and not to mention that high fuel prices are now breaking per-mile trucking cost records for fleet owners.

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– Emily Varnell, Technical Writer, CALSTART

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