Mar 13, 2024 - Energy & Environment

Biden targets freight emissions in infrastructure push

Map showing the Biden administration strategy for electric and hydrogen refueling corridors for trucks

Image courtesy of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

The Biden administration has unveiled a detailed road map to help spur build-out of charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure for big trucks.

Why it matters: Diesel-powered freight movement is a big source of carbon dioxide, and dangerous air pollutants like fine particulate matter.

  • Yet lack of infrastructure to support electric and hydrogen models is a barrier to deployment.

The big picture: Enter the new "National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy."

  • It's designed to help guide public dollars and catalyze private investment, but it also aims to "focus utility and regulatory energy planning" at local and regional levels and "align" industry activity.
  • Officials see a tool for breathing life into the administration's goal of zero-emissions models reaching 30% of medium- and heavy-duty truck sales in 2030, and 100% by 2040.

Threat level: These trucks spew roughly a fourth of all greenhouse gases from U.S. transportation, the announcement states. And transportation is the largest overall emissions source.

Catch up fast: Recent years have given officials new money and policy tools, such as billions in the bipartisan infrastructure law for refueling infrastructure.

The bottom line: The strategy is an attempt to get lots of voices singing in harmony.

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