Getting zero-emission vans and trucks on the road – the North America edition

Sep 3, 2020 10:00 am

This was an interactive digital dialogue between commercial fleets and manufacturers on how to speed the availability of zero-emission freight trucks and vans in North America.

Road freight emissions, which represent over 60% of freight transport CO2 emissions, could double by 2050 due to continued growth in freight demand. Freight trucks represent less than 4% of the road fleet but contribute to over a quarter of GHG emissions and over half of particulates that contribute to air pollution. Therefore zero-emission vans and trucks are critical to curb increasing freight emissions, and mitigate climate change and urban air pollution. In addition, exponential growth in online retailing and logistics services has bolstered the growth of commercial vehicles in North America, and the availability of zero-emission technologies represent a timely opportunity to not only clean freight vehicles but also to spur technology innovation.


Welcome and introduction: Dr Cristiano Façanha, Global Director, CALSTART

Insights on the supply and demand for zero-emission vans and trucks in North America by:

  • Scott Phillippi, Senior Director Automotive Maintenance and Engineering International Operations, UPS
  • John Luoma, Director of Product Planning, Kenworth Truck Company
  • Aaron Gillmore, Vice President, BYD Electric Trucks North America

Panel Discussion


Further information

This forum is part of a global series of events initiated by the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA), Climate Group/EV100, and CALSTART/Drive to Zero to discuss and accelerate supply and demand of zero-emission freight vehicle. Results will be conveyed to high-level decision makers on Climate Week NYC, the World Economic Forum Annual meeting in Davos and other events leading to the UNFCCC COP26 in November 2021.

Video Recording