NEW YORK, 17 October 2023: CALSTART, a dedicated industry nonprofit organization, has embarked on an ambitious mission to transform the Eastern Seaboard’s freight transportation. This groundbreaking project, the East Coast Commercial ZEV Corridor, aims to create a comprehensive zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles along the heavily traveled I-95 route.
Funded by a USD 1.2m grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), this two-year initiative will shape the future of freight transportation, revolutionizing the way goods are moved and paving the way for a cleaner, healthier environment.
The Vision for a Clean Future
The East Coast Commercial ZEV Corridor project is a forward-thinking endeavor that will integrate input from various stakeholders, including fleet operators, charging and fueling industry experts, utilities, and local communities. The project’s goal is to create a cutting-edge, zero-emission corridor spanning from New Jersey to Georgia, along I-95. This corridor will set a new standard for the efficiency and sustainability of medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs.
Driving Change with DOE Funding
Fueled by a USD 1.2m grant from the DOE, CALSTART’s initiative will accelerate the transition from heavily polluting trucks to clean ZEVs. The project’s success will result in significant improvements to the well-being of drivers and surrounding communities, all while driving growth and innovation in the industries that produce ZEVs and their supporting infrastructure.
While some oppose the electrification of freight transportation, citing cost and time as barriers, CALSTART has a solution. Their recently released report outlines an efficient, cost-effective approach to building the essential charging infrastructure. By working in phases and taking advantage of the growing availability of versatile ZEVs, this phased-in approach will ensure the seamless transition to clean, quiet commercial trucking operations along the Atlantic seaboard.
CALSTART’s East Coast Commercial ZEV Corridor project represents a significant leap towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for freight transportation. With DOE funding and a comprehensive approach to zero-emission infrastructure, this initiative will lead the way in reducing emissions, improving air quality, and driving economic growth. The project’s success will serve as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that clean, efficient, and economically viable transportation is not only possible but also beneficial for all.
As CALSTART partners with various organizations and state coalitions, the East Coast Commercial ZEV Corridor project is set to make a lasting impact on the Eastern Seaboard. This is not just a project; it’s a revolution in the way we transport goods, and it paves the way for a brighter, greener future.