Maryland Signs Multi-State Agreement to Increase Deployment of Zero-Emission Trucks and Buses

Maryland joins fourteen states and Washington D.C. in signing a collaborative agreement to reduce transportation sector emissions. The agreement includes ambitious goals like ensuring that 100 percent of all new medium and heavy duty vehicles sales are zero-emissions by 2050, with an interim target of 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.

Under the agreement the Multi-State Zero-Emission Vehicle Task Force will have six months to develop an action plan that will encourage the deployment of zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles. While the targets are not legally binding, the agreement will likely have a significant effect in greenhouse gas reductions. Medium and heavy-duty vehicles account for only four percent of vehicles on the road but are responsible for a quarter of vehicle emissions. States signing the agreement and D.C. represent roughly one-third of all truck registrations.

“Our administration is a leader on clean transportation and zero emission vehicles and recognizes the value of working with other state, local, and private sector partners for environmental protection and economic progress,” said Governor Hogan. “We are proud to sign this MOU and continue our record of protecting the environment for future generations.”

“This is a bold step to cut greenhouse gases and smog and drive our ambitious climate goals forward with technology partnerships and regional collaborations that advance clean economies and healthy communities,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles.

Signing jurisdictions: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C.

Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding

Maryland Department of the Environment Press Release