Global Governments, Companies Sign Pledge to Fast-Track Clean Vehicle Adoption


On Tuesday, governments and companies from around the globe signed on to a new program that aims to 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 nonprofit industry organization with more than 190 member companies – aimed at dramatically reducing emissions from trucks and buses.

“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,” says John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART. “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,” says Richard W. Corey, executive officer of the California Air Resources Board. “We are very supportive of this program and look forward to collaborating with our partners to achieve our clean air and climate goals.”

Signers and Supporters of the Pledge:


  • City of New York
  • New York State Energy Research and 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 Industries
  • Proterra
  • Southern California Edison
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Ryder
  • Chanje Energy
  • Axle Tech
  • Effenco
  • Workhorse
  • Orange EV
  • Mayor USA
  • Motiv Power Systems
  • Transpower
  • US Hybrid
  • Lightning Systems
  • Auto Research Institute
  • Viatec
  • XL Fleet
  • West Valley Construction
  • Zenith Motors
  • Unique Electrical Solutions
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