Drive To Zero San Francisco Workshop

Sep 11, 2018 12:00 am

Global Leaders Pledge to Fast-track Adoption of Clean Trucks and Buses

“Drive to Zero” Program Will Accelerate Advanced Technologies and Slash Emissions from Target Market Segments

September 11, 2018

San Francisco, CA – Today, governments and companies from around the globe signed on to a new program that will accelerate the deployment of zero and near-zero emission commercial vehicles and technologies. The “Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero” pledge is a coordinated, international effort – championed by CALSTART, a non-profit industry organization with more than 190-member companies – aimed at dramatically reducing emissions from trucks and buses in high-potential markets.

“By showing the demand for these vehicles, and focusing on the most viable markets, we can accelerate their adoption, improve air quality and reduce emissions,” said president and CEO of CALSTART, John Boesel. “Once we achieve commercial viability in these areas, we can work to reach economies of scale, bring costs down and increase adoption throughout the entire medium- and heavy-duty vehicle industry.”

The Pledge focuses on eight global market segments for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The goals are to achieve commercial success in each of these markets internationally by 2025, and have zero emission technology dominate new sales in these segments by 2040.

“By working across national and state boundaries, through this new focused effort, we can accelerate progress and help bring these important clean technologies to market years earlier. We are very supportive of this program and look forward to collaborating with our partners to achieve our clean air and climate goals,” said Richard W. Corey, executive officer, California Air Resources Board.

The transition would have significant benefits not only in terms of preventing the worst impacts of climate change, but also improving air quality and promoting public health in targeted countries, such as China, India and Mexico, where commercial vehicles represent a larger percentage of the total vehicle population and air pollution problem.

“Our climate ambition is to reduce emissions with 95 percent by 2030. The importance of setting ambitious visions should not be underestimated,” said the governing mayor of Oslo, Norway, Raymond Johansen. “This is why I believe the work of CALSTART, and the Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Pledge launched today will be a game-changer. By working globally to achieve zero emission dominance in commercial vehicle sales we can achieve what would not be possible by working in isolation. I am pleased to announce that Oslo joins that pledge.”

Based on analytical work performed by CALSTART – the executive secretariat of the Pledge, the California Air Resources Board has adopted this targeted application approach, known as the “beachhead” strategy, to advance these technologies in California. The Pledge applies this strategy on a global scale, targeting transit buses, shuttle buses, package and delivery trucks, urban “box” trucks, yard tractors, port handling equipment and regional Class 7/8 drayage (cargo) trucks.

“NYC has the largest municipal fleet in the United States with over 31,000 vehicles and 60 percent already operate on some type of alternative fuel including hybrids, plug in electric, natural gas, biofuels and even solar,” states New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Deputy Commissioner and NYC Chief Fleet Officer Keith Kerman.  “NYC operates over 1,700 plug in on road vehicles now and is looking forward to expanding hybrid and electric operations in heavy and medium duty trucking. NYC stands ready to work with public and private fleet partners to advance and expedite this transformation and thanks CALSTART for convening this effort.”

The new program will support the advancement of the beachhead markets by identifying barriers, sharing solutions and best practices and conducting analysis. Among the global beachhead markets targeted by the Pledge, transit buses are growing the fastest. There are more than 100,000 zero-emission transit buses now in operation around the world.

The Pledge was announced today at an affiliated event in advance of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where supporters include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the California Air Resources Board, the Bay Area and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts, Siemens, Southern California Edison, BYD, Proterra and New Flyer.

Signers and Supporters of the Pledge


  • City of New York
  • New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
  • California Air Resources Board
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Foothill Transit

Elected Officials

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
  • Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • Stockton Mayor Michael D. Tubbs
  • Oslo Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen


  • Siemens
  • BYD
  • Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks
  • New Flyer of America
  • Proterra
  • Southern California Edison
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Ryder
  • Chanje Energy
  • AxleTech
  • Effenco
  • Workhorse
  • Orange EV
  • Mayor USA
  • Motiv Power Systems
  • Transpower
  • US Hybrid
  • Lightning Systems
  • Auto Research Institute
  • Viatec
  • XL
  • West Valley Construction
  • Zenith Motors
  • Unique Electrical Solutions
  • Black & Veatch