Infrastructure availability is one of the biggest barriers facing the transition to zero-emission technologies today. The reality is that zero-emission fuels like electricity are cheaper and more efficient than gasoline and diesel and when paired with renewables can drop even lower. However, installing the infrastructure that is needed to refuel large vehicle fleets common in a commercialized setting requires an upgrade of the associated electrical equipment used to charge the vehicles. These upgrades cost local utility operators time and money to perform, so establishing a sound framework that enables these jobs to be executed in a timely, cost-efficient way is important to navigate this barrier. Infrastructure has been highlighted in this tool as another foundational pillar to building a supportive zero-emission ecosystem for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Governments must be proactive in understanding these additional costs and their benefits and take the initiative to work with local energy grids and utility providers to innovate favorable pricing schemes, make-ready programs, and other examples of ways cost can be spread or reduced altogether and these projects planned and executed in an efficient manner.
For transparency and clarity, for a country to achieve the “maximum” eligibility, a country must:
- Establish nationwide and multi-year investment program for ZE-MHDV infrastructure.
To receive “limited” eligibility a country must:
- Establish a multi-year investment program for ZE-MHDV infrastructure at the regional level; OR
- Establish a robust national roadmap for ZE-MHDV infrastructure planning and funding.
Global MOU Policy Tracker Dashboard
Accounting of successful MHDV policy development taking place in leading regions around the world, highlighting the progress being made by all signatories of the Global MOU.
Setting clear and well-defined targets are critical for the coordination of all actors involved in the transition to zero-emission technologies. Signaling this shift through government-established targets well in advance will allow fleet operators, manufacturers, utility providers, local authorities, and other…
Regulations are the next step after targets have been set. With targets increasing industry confidence, regulations solidify the trajectory of the market and further encourage a positive outlook for zero-emission technology. Regulations can be enacted on several criteria that will…
Vehicle incentives are a vital component of a strong zero-emission ecosystem. Currently, the sticker price of zero-emission medium-and heavy-duty vehicles are well above those of their ICE counterparts. However, as the market rapidly matures, prices of key components like the…
The four pillars established above exemplify the key components necessary to build a supportive policy landscape for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and each tackle a different challenge of making this transition. However, these four categories cannot capture all of…
The Progress Dashboard is a dynamic tool that will be continuously updated as the policy landscape for ZE-MHDVs continues to grow and develop. More countries and research will be added on the specifics of the various policies and actions implemented.…