CALSTART California 2030 Summit for Clean Transportation: Top Newsom officials to highlight clean transportation sector priorities

March 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif – CALSTART is convening top Newsom administration officials, innovation, utility, elected, business and transit leaders today to identify and explore the technologies, policies, investment and other shifts needed to dramatically curb transportation emissions and clean up our air by the year 2030.

With a focus on transit, hauling, delivery, and other large vehicles, The CALSTART California 2030 Summit for Clean Transportation will feature appearances by Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency; and Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART

“As CARB sets its priorities for cleaning up the most significant sources of California’s persistent air pollution we see trucks at the very top the list,” said CARB Chair Nichols. “From big-rigs on freeways to delivery trucks driving through our neighborhoods, we need these hard-working vehicles to be zero- and near-zero emissions. Technologies are rapidly becoming available to make that possible, but it takes money and education to get them into the market and on the road. CALSTART has a great track record of developing demonstration projects that put the most advanced clean trucks where we most need them: at the ports, distribution centers and along our major transportation corridors.”

Offering an early look into her keynote speech tomorrow, Director Gordon is expected to highlight key Newsom administration clean transportation sector priorities.

Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

“California is in a climate crisis and an affordability crisis. Transportation is critical to addressing both. We must not continue the status quo and work in siloes – we must usher in a new era of smart and sustainable transportation for California that supports our overall climate, housing, and equity goals,” Director Gordon is expected to say.

Flanked by zero-emission and other clean trucks, buses and other vehicles from Altec, Dannar, EnviroTech, Ford, Lion Electric, Kalmar, Motiv, Mack (Volvo Group), New Flyer, Peterbilt, Roush, Tesla, Toyota, Trans Tech, TransPower and Zeronox, CALSTART kicked off its two-day summit yesterday by announcing its sponsorship of a “transforming trucking” legislative package. The package of bills is designed to drive investment in innovative clean vehicle technologies that support local jobs, accelerate the adoption of clean vehicle technologies and clean our air.

“These vehicles are operating in California in large part because of the smart policies and funding that have driven the unprecedented growth of California’s clean transportation sector over the past few years,” said John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART. “Fifteen years ago, if you’d have said, ‘hey there’s an electric semi parked on L Street,’ no one would have believed you. Today, it’s a reality.”

Lawmakers Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) highlighted their respective bills.

Sen. Skinner’s SB44 would set a 40 percent net reduction in carbon emissions for medium-and heavy-duty vehicles by the year 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050, consistent with existing state goals. At the same time, the bill calls for a reduction of more than 50 percent of additional criteria pollutants in California from big trucks. Critical to the success of such a law, the bill creates a multi-year funding platform to deliver investment and support to fleets.

“Tailpipe pollution from medium- and heavy-duty petroleum-diesel trucks damages our health and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions,” said state Sen. Skinner. “We need to continue to send the right signals and create incentives to spur the transition to cleaner vehicles.”

“We need to transform trucking incredibly fast, but vital state funding for that change has relied on sources that are year-to-year. This slows fleets’ ability to purchase and limits vehicle maker investments. They need long-term certainty. This bill is critical because it creates a multi-year investment funding mechanism. With it, fleets who want to buy and manufacturers who want to build significantly cleaner, more efficient vehicles can make their long-term plans,” said Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President of CALSTART. “This effort drives towards zero-emissions everywhere possible, but is also technology neutral and notes zero may not be possible in all applications.”

Senator Leyva’s SB210 would establish smog check requirements for heavy-duty diesel trucks in California. The goal is to stop gross polluters with a sensible smog check system in California analogous to what is done for light-duty vehicles.

“The bill is just common sense: make high polluters clean up or get off the road. It’s not fair that responsible fleets who buy clean trucks and maintain them well can get undercut in the market by fleets who don’t service their vehicles and pollute more to run on the cheap. We’re subsidizing them with our lungs,” said Van Amburg.

“SB 210 is a critical next step to reduce pollution from the many big diesel trucks that travel on the roads and highways across California. Applying similar responsibilities to truck operators to maintain their emission controls, just like we already require for everyone else, is common sense,” Sen. Leyva said. “As new trucks with modern technology hit the roads, we have a unique opportunity to ensure long lasting air quality improvements and improve the competitiveness of the California trucking industry. SB 210 can be a real win-win for California residents and the air we breathe.”

Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino) AB1411 establishes a state goal to deploy 200,000 zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and off-road vehicles and equipment by the year 2030. It also creates a legislative framework for an action plan to reach the clean vehicle milestone.

“We are currently experiencing a health crisis in the Inland Empire with one in seven children in my district diagnosed with asthma. A critical part of achieving environmental justice is investing in clean transportation solutions,” said Assemblymember Reyes.

Many of the innovative technologies and technology firms featured at the CALSTART 2030 Summit enjoy support from California Climate Investments (CCI). CCI is a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. CCI dollars fund a number of innovative efforts to develop and deploy medium- and heavy-duty vehicles including California HVIP. Developed in a unique partnership between CALSTART and the California Air Resources Board and administered by CALSTART, HVIP has helped put more than 3,500 medium- to heavy-duty clean vehicles on California roads.

“CARB’s leadership in supporting the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in California has been critical to the growth we have seen in this market over the past few years,” said Boesel. “We look forward to working closely with CARB and our member innovators to keep the momentum going in California and beyond. We’re not stopping until we transform trucking delivering jobs, innovation and clean air benefits to all the corners of the globe,” said Boesel.

Industry leaders presenting at the summit will weigh in on topics including getting California to five million zero emission vehicles by 2030, accelerating the medium- and heavy-duty zero emission vehicle market, Tesla’s role in building zero-emission technology jobs, driverless vehicles, mobility challenges and innovations, infrastructure needs and opportunities, funding priorities, reaching all California communities, and America’s first Green City.

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A national nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado and California, CALSTART partners with 200+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry. We knock out barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.

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