Roy Cooper, North Carolina Governor is aiming for accelerating the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles,
However, as per the report by chargedevs, headlines are not seen as the executive orders by the California-style Advanced Clean trucks rule,
The DEQ must design a policy “requiring manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage of [medium- and heavy-duty] ZEV s over time,” and “propose that rule for consideration by the Environmental Management Commission no later than May 15, 2023.”
Let’s look at what the Executive Orders 271 directs the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to work with stakeholders to propose an Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) program that would “ensure zero-emission trucks and buses are available for purchase in the state,” and “require manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage of [zero-emission vehicles] over time while providing flexibility, through credits, trading, and other features, as segments of the market grow at different speeds.”
The executive order “outlines a comprehensive strategy for the state to support automakers, fleet owners, and other partners to grow the medium- and heavy-duty ZEV market through investment in charging infrastructure, purchase incentives, workforce development, demonstration projects, technical assistance, and other strategies identified through development of the North Carolina Clean Transportation Plan and supported by unprecedented federal funding through [the] Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.”
“North Carolina has demonstrated that by leading the transition to clean energy we can grow our economy and create good-paying jobs while reducing local pollution and confronting the climate crisis,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolina is already a national hub for truck and bus manufacturing and supply chain development, and we should not miss the opportunity to lead the market-driven transition already underway to cleaner and increasingly cheaper zero-emission technologies that benefit our economy and our communities.”
It directs state agencies to “prioritize ZEVs in the purchase or lease of new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 8,500 pounds.”
It is aiming for a public-private partnership to electrify private fleets.
EV advocates hailed the measure as an important step forward. “Accelerating the transition to electric vehicles will deliver significant public health, climate, and economic benefits to North Carolina and its citizens,” said Stan Cross of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Governor Cooper’s commitment to electrify medium- and heavy-duty vehicles comes on the heels of the existing commitment from Executive Order 246 to get 1.25 million EVs registered and on the state’s roads by 2030, and both commitments have massive economic implications for the state.”
But definitely, it will take time to place it in the market.
Source:- Southern Alliance for clean energy