US Sets Zero-Emission Target for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Nov. 21, 2022

The United States has announced a zero-emission goal for new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by the year 2040.

Nov. 21, 2022—The United States has announced a nationwide goal to only sell and produce zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2040, as confirmed by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. 

According to Reuters, the non-binding memorandum of understanding lays out a goal for "30% of those new vehicles - which include commercial delivery vehicles, buses and trucks - to be zero-emission by 2030 and 100% by 2040."

This announcement was made at the recent COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

For some related context, the $430 billion climate, tax and drug policy bill passed in August. This bill includes electric vehicle tax credits for new commercial EVs. It accounts for "$7,500 for light- and medium-duty vehicles and up to $40,000 for heavy-duty vehicles," according to Reuters. There is a push by group of lawmakers to get President Biden to sign this bill into law.