Drive to Zero Newsletter – October 2022

Dear Drive to Zero™ Pledge Partners and Allies:

CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and campaign (Drive to ZeroTM) hopes to see you at the largest global annual gathering on climate action — COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, which will take place from November 8-20. Please let us know if and when you will be attending as well as if you have obtained blue zone credentials by filling out our COP27 partner survey. Drive to Zero will lead, partner, and support a number of events at COP27 aimed at elevating the critical role zero-emission trucks and buses can play in helping to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

We need your help to raise public and private sector awareness, ambitions, and actions to grow the zero-emission truck and bus market. Attend our blue zone event (note: blue zone credentials are required) to connect with key public and private sector leaders:

  • Zero-emission trucks are here! Financing the transition (Nov. 17 1730-1830 GMT+2) – This Drive to Zero event will highlight the contributions governments, institutional investors, and businesses can make to accelerate technology development and market uptake of zero-emission freight solutions.

For more details about this event and others in which we are participating, visit our by website.

— 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.

Program Updates

Drive to Zero Launches ZETI Data Explorer

Drive to Zero has just launched its new online interactive tool, the Zero-Emission Technology Inventory (ZETI) Data Explorer. ZETI Data Explorer provides new insights into global zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicle (ZE-MHDV) market status and trends. It allows users to filter, explore, compare, contrast, and visualize data about zero-emission truck and bus model availability, vehicle type, manufacturers, vehicle ranges, battery capacity, and much more. Drive to Zero will present the tool to international government audiences at COP27 events in mid-November.

Manufacturers, send us information about your new-to-the-market zero-emission truck or bus models so we can include them in our tool! Questions? Email us at or contact us via the website.

News Updates

With COP27 right around the corner, advocates for the fight against climate change can find much to celebrate with the growing momentum worldwide toward electrifying transportation. Amazon announced an investment of more than one billion euros to green its operations in Europe, involving buying thousands of new electric vehicles plus charging infrastructure. Other logistics operations are following suit, including Canada’s Pride Group Enterprises, which is adding 250 Class 8 and Class 6-7 zero-emission trucks to its fleet. In England, water service company Anglian Water is purchasing more than 300 new electric vehicles and will be installing more than 120 new charging points. In Mexico, transport company Marva is adding 120 BYD electric semitrailer tractors to its fleet, and in the Czech Republic the Transport Company of the City of Ústí nad Labem ordered 33 new electric trolleybuses made by Skoda. American commercial vehicle group Paccar announced it is partnering with Dutch charging infrastructure specialist Heliox to obtain electric truck chargers both in Europe and North America.

City leaders in London are demonstrating what a profound effect aligning government action and smart policy can have, as the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and other initiatives have succeeded in significantly increasing the use of EVs in the city and dramatically lowering the number of Londoners residing in areas that exceed the World Health Organization’s legal limits for harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Despite large hurdles, the government of South Korea has effectively used incentives to move toward its 2030 target of deploying 20,000 buses and 10,000 trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells. On a local level, municipal buildings in Oakland, California will now receive backup power from electric buses, thanks to a pilot funded by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Electric Investment Charge program.

Technological advances made by industry are keeping pace with deployment progress, as Tesla announced that its 500-mile range Tesla Semi electric truck is going into productionand will reach its first customer PepsiCo beginning December 1 of this year. Global MOU endorser Sweden’s Volta Trucks unveiled a new partnership with Siemens Smart Infrastructure that promises “turnkey solutions” for full fleet electrification. U.S.-based fleet service provider and electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Xos announced that it will offer five new DC fast chargers compatible with both commercial and passenger EVs.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Columbia University are organizing a one-hour roundtable on Tuesday, November 1 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. The closed roundtable is specifically for US firms/investors and will share an update on the EV ecosystem in India and the potential for investment and joint ventures. It is also co-organized by the US-India Business Council and will include speakers from the NITI Aayog (under the Prime Minister’s Office) and the country’s investment promotion agency. There will also be Indian OEMs explaining their demand for international technology and manufacturing partners. Interested parties can register online for this roundtable discussion, which is sure to be informative and insightful.

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Justin Slosky, Technical Writer, CALSTART

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