- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Joins Multi-State Pledge to Increase Market for Electric Vehicles
Craig Gilvarg, Press Secretary
Boston — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Massachusetts has joined 14 other states and the District of Columbia in a commitment to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C., sets a goal of at least 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050.
“This bipartisan, multi-state agreement and ambitious zero-emission vehicle goal set the standard for the rest of the country as the nation faces the challenges of a changing climate,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The ZEV agreement builds on our efforts to reduce emissions in Massachusetts and we look forward to working with our state partners to advance the electrification of our transportation sector, create clean energy jobs and protect public health.”
“Massachusetts is committed to continuing its progress in advancing clean, low-carbon transportation options, particularly in communities that have experienced a disproportionate impact from air pollution,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Advancing clean zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses will reduce the harmful effects of air pollution and put the Commonwealth on a path to meet its climate change goals.”
The transportation sector is the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to unhealthy levels of smog and other harmful air pollutants. As the MOU states represent nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, by working with other states through this MOU the Commonwealth can have a much larger impact on air quality and emissions reduction. Vehicles targeted under this MOU include large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks. Trucks and buses account for nearly 25 percent of total transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions nationwide.
“Massachusetts has adopted an aggressive, science-based net-zero emissions limit for 2050, and addressing emissions from the transportation sector is essential to mitigating the worst impacts of climate change,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “As we continue to work collaboratively with other states to address emissions from the transportation sector, developing a regional cap-and-invest program through the Transportation and Climate Initiative, this ZEV pledge will build on this progress and bring us closer to achieving our long-term climate goals.”
Advancing the MOU’s goals builds on the Commonwealth’s many initiatives to cut harmful diesel emissions, cut carbon pollution, and help Massachusetts meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. Similarly, in December, Massachusetts joined 11 other states across the Northeast and the District of Columbia to announce the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) draft memorandum of understanding aimed at cutting transportation emissions and generating millions in auction proceeds per year for Massachusetts to enhance transit system infrastructure, reduce roadway congestion and deliver more resilient, low carbon transportation options. A final TCI MOU is anticipated this Fall.
“The Commonwealth has a long-standing commitment of working regionally and with other jurisdictions in the country to tackle air pollution and climate change,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “We have worked collaboratively to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, including cooperating on and implementing programs under the light-duty ZEV MOU and advancing electric vehicle charging stations, and this ZEV MOU builds on this progress.”
To provide a framework and help coordinate state efforts to meet these goals, the signatory jurisdictions will work through the existing multi-state ZEV Task Force facilitated by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) to develop and implement a ZEV action plan for trucks and buses.
On Earth Day this year, the Baker-Polito Administration issued a formal determination letter establishing net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the Commonwealth’s new legal emissions limit for 2050.
In June, DOER expanded the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV), to include commercial and nonprofit fleets. In December 2019, the Administration committed at least $27 million per year in 2020 and 2021 to the MOR-EV Program.