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DOT Unveils Zero-Emissions Freight Truck Fueling Plan

President Biden this week announced the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy, his administration’s plan “to provide ubiquitous and convenient access to electric-vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling along the nation’s freight corridors,” Law360 (subscription) reports.

What’s going on: The four-phase strategy—developed by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and the Department of Energy in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency—“aims to deploy zero-emission medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure between 2024 and 2040.”  

  • The phases comprise “establishing priority hubs based on freight volumes, connecting hubs along critical freight corridors, expanding corridor connections and achieving a national network by linking regional corridors.”
  • The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration also announced this week the designation of “national electric-vehicle freight corridors,” as required by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  

Why it’s important: “[T]he strategy’s execution is key to achieving the federal government’s broader goal of promoting at least 30% zero-emission medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle sales by 2030 and 100% sales by 2040, [the FHWA] said.” 

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