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Calstart’s Drive to Zero campaign tops 100 pledge partners

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Calstart’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and campaign has added a group of new pledge partners from around the world, including DHL, Scania, 7 Generation Capital, Business Region Göteborg, Sweden, Climate Change Mitigation Technologies, Tirn Technology, DiPP-R, Climate Law and Policy Project, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition, AVL, East Bay Municipal Utility District, ZEV2030, Green Energy Technology and Hubject.

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Drive to Zero, an international campaign to accelerate the zero-emission truck and bus segment, now boasts more than 100 pledge partners thanks to this influx of pledge partners in the second half of 2020, Calstart shares.

Calstart says that Drive to Zero’s goal is to drive market viability for zero-emission commercial vehicles in key vehicle segments in urban communities by 2025 and achieve full market penetration by 2040. By signing the pledge, partners agree to work strategically and collaboratively under the auspices of Drive to Zero to support and grow mechanisms to speed the early market for zero-emission trucks, buses and equipment.

The company says the Drive to Zero program and campaign is built upon a technology strategy, called the beachhead strategy, that identifies the commercial vehicle market segments where zero- and near-zero emission technology is likely to succeed first.

Other Drive to Zero “pledge partners” include manufacturers, fleets, city and national governments, infrastructure providers and others. Drive to Zero is now coordinating a “Global MOU” of nations to commit to aggressive zero emission commercial vehicle targets by 2030 and 2050 and set actions in place to achieve them.

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