Global MOU on ZE-MHDVS – Thematic Deep Dive Series #3: Regulations

Oct 4, 2022 4:00 pm CET

Under the Global Memorandum of Understanding (Global MOU) on Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDV), leading nations are now working collaboratively to enable 100% zero-emission new truck and bus sales by 2040 with an interim goal of 30% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030. MOU organizers and facilitators the Netherlands and CALSTART’s Drive to ZeroTM are hosting a series of invitation-only discussions with MOU nations (view a playlist of thematic deep dive discussions here). The goal is to share data and connect countries with leading technology and business experts who can support the signatories in advancing their ZE-MHDV ambitions.

Our second discussion will center on governments and the important role they play in the transition towards zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles (ZE-MDHVs). There are different pathways governments can take for stimulating the uptake of ZE-MHDVs including CO2 emission standards, zero-emission vehicle mandates, and road user charges to name a few. We will discuss the resulting impact of these types of regulations, what factors need to be taken into account when drafting regulations, and examine which regulations support the increased uptake of ZE-MHDVs.


  • Combination with phase-out targets – Pair political phase-out targets with legally binding vehicle regulations in the form of CO2 standards or ZEV share requirements to cement manufacturers’ shift to ZE-MHDV production and overcome the initial supply barrier
  • ICE compliance costs – Improve the performance and increase the compliance cost of ICEs by adopting road user charges or standards with sufficient stringency, shifting the market towards zero-emission power trains as the best performing technology
  • Criteria for success – Annual requirements, sufficient stringency, and enforceability help ensure success of regulations for ZE-MHDV
  • Charging infrastructure – Facilitating the realization of sufficient charging infrastructure is a necessary precondition for effectively leveraging regulations for ZE-MHDV



Click the thumbnails below to download the Infrastructure for ZE-MHDVs presentations



Time (CET)  Activity 
16:00 Opening 

  • Moderator: Rosan Nusselder – Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
16:05 Presentations – Regulations

  • Felipe Rodriguez, ICCT
  • Sydney Vergis, California Air Resources Board
  • Niklaus Wysshaar, Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC for Switzerland
16:35 Panel Discussion 

  • Sofie Defour, Transport & Environment
  • Daniel Thorsell, Norwegian Public Roads Administration
  • Herman Sips, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
17:00 Q&A 
17:25 Wrap-up 

These sessions are by invite-only and will be primarily aimed to inform national policymakers in the Global MOU current and prospective countries.