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Earlier this week, a Memorandum of Understanding was announced at the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Scotland, which sees 15 nations, including Canada, committing to the shift towards zero emission medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Brought to life by CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero initiative, the new agreement has identified a lofty but meaningful goal: 30 per cent of new ZEV sales by 2030, and 100 per cent new ZEV sales by 2040.

Joining Canada in signing the agreement is Austria, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Uruguay and Wales. Understandably, this is big news for the EV sector, as more automakers and government bodies around the world make official strides towards establishing an all-electric future.

In a press statement regarding the news, CALSTART’s global director Dr. Cristiano Façanha, shared, “For the first time we have a unified target, supported by leading governments and industry, for when new trucks and buses should fully transition to zero-emission technologies. Globally, freight trucks and buses represent about four per cent of the on-road fleet but are responsible for 36 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and over 70 per cent of nitrogen oxide emissions that contribute to local air pollution. This makes trucks and buses a very effective target for fast decarbonization.”

Notably, this MoU will be the first time a global agreement has been made to accelerate the shift of medium and heavy-duty vehicles to electric, with an aim to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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