Drive to Zero Newsletter – August 2023

Dear Drive to Zero™ Supporters:

Climate Week NYC 2023 is fast approaching—join us and our partners for a host of transformative transport decarbonization events taking place September 18–20, 2023.

We kick things off on September 18 with Road to success: Picking up the pace of electrification in the heavy-duty freight sectorRoad to success: Picking up the pace of electrification in the heavy-duty freight sector, a Climate Group event. I’m honored to moderate discussions featuring top manufacturers, transport shippers, transport buyers, and the public sector. Then join us on September 19 for Accelerating to a Zero-Emission Transportation Sector, a session that will feature announcements and showcase progress toward the Zero Emissions Vehicle Declaration (ZEV Declaration) pledge of 100 percent zero-emission new car and van sales by 2040 globally and by 2035 in leading markets

Check out a full list of transport decarbonization events supported by CALSTART and our partners. Let’s accelerate zero-emission transport together—see you in New York City!

— Stephanie Kodish, Global Director, CALSTART / Drive to Zero

Program Progress and Actions

Phasing in U.S. Charging Infrastructure

CALSTART has worked to identify practical solutions to meet the adoption rates set by the Global Memorandum of Understanding (Global MOU) of Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDVs). Phasing in U.S. Charging Infrastructure—a model and roadmap that uses a targeted, phase-in strategy—proposes how the United States, a Global MOU signatory, can implement a national infrastructure buildout at the scale and speed needed to support rapid adoption of ZE-MHDVs. Check out this insightful resource and stay tuned as CALSTART experts and Drive to Zero use it to develop roadmaps for other countries in the Global MOU community.

ZETI Survey—We Want to Hear from You!

Your experience with Zero-Emission Technology Inventory is invaluable to us. Please take our survey and share your thoughts so we can continue to improve this resource. The survey should take only a few minutes to complete. It will close at 5:00 p.m. PT, September 30, 2023. Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.

Have a Compelling, Authentic Story About Transitioning to Zero-Emission Trucks?

We know how hard you’ve worked to electrify your fleet, and we want to share your story on a global stage. We are collecting and sharing stories that shine a spotlight on efforts made by fleets in their transition to zero-emission operations. We’re not just talking numbers either; we want to talk about you —the people making it happen and the communities benefiting from these actions. It will be an opportunity to celebrate your success and inspire others!

If you’re interested in showcasing your success on the global stage with Drive to Zero, please reach out to Owen MacDonnell at

News Updates

Another month, another hotter-than-ever global record shattered. The Global MOU sets the standard for the pace and ambition we must adopt now to transform the transport sector, and CALSTART’s phase-in infrastructure buildout modelshows that these adoption rates are attainable, thanks in part to the continued advances made by industry in recent headlines.

WattEV Opens Electric Commercial Truck Charging Depot at Port of Long Beach

WattEV, one of the leading Trucks-as-a-Service providers in the United States, recently opened the largest electric heavy-duty truck charging depot in the country. Located in one of the important hubs identified in CALSTART’s infrastructure buildout roadmap, 13 chargers will be able to charge 26 trucks concurrently, and plans are already in motion to add megawatt charging.

UK-based Tevva to Merge with US-based ElectraMeccanica

Tevva, a ZE-MHDV manufacturer, and ElectraMeccanica, a designer and assembler of electric vehicles, have announced a merger to grow their combined market share for electric trucks. This combination will help get more of Tevva’s electric hydrogen trucks on the road in the UK, Europe, and the United States faster, as well as provide anticipated long-term reduction in material costs.

India Introduces New Electric Bus Program

India’s central government approved a new electric bus program, called PM-eBus Sewa, to deploy a total of 10,000 electric buses in 169 Indian cities within ten years. It includes the development of necessary infrastructure, including charging technology, and targets cities with more than 300,000 inhabitants.

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Emily Varnell, Technical Writer, CALSTART

News Digest


 Fleet Deployments

Manufacturers and Models: Trucks and Buses

Manufacturers and Models: Port Equipment and Off-Road

Government Policies

Financial Incentives

Fuels & Infrastructure

Batteries & Technology