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Dallas Workshop Features Texas-Size Excitement For ZEV Trucks

By Philip Martin

Last week, EDF and the North Central Texas Council of Governments held a one-day workshop on the state of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles in Texas. More than 100 fleet owners, managers, industry experts and government officials gathered to discuss the latest hydrogen and electric truck technology, the state of the Texas grid and take a spin and drive on some of the latest truck models on the road.

The transportation sector is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States, and medium and heavy vehicles are responsible for more than half of the sector’s smog-causing pollution. Freight trucks and buses also consume more than 55 billion gallons of fuel annually at a significant cost to truckers and fleets.

EDF is committed to helping fleets of all sizes switch to cleaner ZEV truck models and, in doing so, reduce harmful air pollution and protect the health of communities. That’s where this workshop comes in.

EDF and NCTCOG provided educational tools and resources for attendees, while facilitating in-depth discussions with everyone from academic researchers to fleet owners who currently operate ZEV heavy-duty trucks in Texas. Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), a member of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, was also on hand to speak about the federal infrastructure bill and historic opportunities and investments. for greener fleets and ZEV vehicles that the law offers.

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Participants were able to learn more about:

  • Regional air quality – Ann Xu, co-founder and CEO of ElectroTempo, presented detailed mapping for the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston, pointing out that heavy trucks only account for 3% of vehicles in Texas, but 60% of transportation-related nitrogen oxide emissions.
  • ZEV technology – A conversation with fleet operators – including HEB, Nikola, Hyliion, Lonestar SV – showcased best practices for transitioning truck fleets to ZEV options, reviewing everything from hydrogen-powered long-haul trucks to battery powered garden mules for warehouses.
  • Utility and charging infrastructure — Presentations from Oncor, the region’s largest local utility, as well as national providers gave attendees insight into the considerations and decision points that any business must make when setting up an infrastructure charging stations in depots and warehouses for their ZEV trucks.
  • Financing possibilities – The workshop concluded with an in-depth conversation about financing options and government grants available to fleet operators of all sizes, including detailed lists and resources that companies should consider when planning transitions to zero-emission heavy trucks.

A working group is meeting to prepare for a similar workshop in the Houston area this fall, stay tuned for details. The Texas legislative session is fast approaching and there are plenty of opportunities to harness and utilize the existing momentum for heavy-duty ZEV trucks in the Lone Star State.

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