On March 31st, 2022, Governor Sisolak announced he has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing Nevada to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs).
Nevada joins 16 other States, the District of Columbia and Quebec in this effort to work toward a goal that 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero emission vehicles by 2050 with an interim target of 30% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.
After passenger cars and light-duty trucks, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses are the next largest source of transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions in the US.
"Shifting toward zero emission vehicles will also help improve air quality for all Nevadans especially the most vulnerable in historically marginalized areas where the impacts from air pollution are greatest,” said Governor Sisolak.
Diesel truck and bus emissions contribute heavily to poor air quality that disproportionately harms the health of low-income communities and communities of color that are often located near trucking corridors and distribution hubs. This pollution causes increased risk of premature mortality and higher rates of asthma and other respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Since 2018, the State has leveraged more than $16.5 million from the Volkswagen Settlement to help agencies replace diesel-powered vehicles and equipment – including freight trucks, delivery trucks, school buses, and transit buses – with low and zero-emission alternatives.
Signatories of the MOU represent 40% of the U.S. population and 35% of registered medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Other signatories to the MOU include:
- Washington, DC
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island