GHG Emissions - April 26, 2021
Massachusetts Pledges $1 Million to Electrify Vehicle Fleets
The Baker-Polito Administration has announced a new program for Massachusetts fleet managers that will offer up to $1 million in funding for medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) electric vehicle fleets. Funding available through this program will help fleet managers procure both technical services for fleet electrification and Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) Truck Program incentives.
“As the impacts of climate change continue to emerge in our municipalities while disproportionately affecting our most vulnerable populations, the Commonwealth needs to pursue innovative public-private partnerships in order to address these challenges head on,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Clean transportation initiatives such as this new Fleet Advisory program will play a crucial role in advancing the electrification of vehicle fleets across the Commonwealth and mitigating health impacts related to air pollution in overburdened communities.”
“Transportation is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the Commonwealth, and in order to address this sector the state needs robust electric vehicle incentive programs to reach the Commonwealth’s emissions goals,” added Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “MassCEC’s (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center) Fleet Advisory program, along with the recent release of the MOR-EV Truck Program incentive funds, provides financial support for electric vehicles that will help businesses begin to phase out diesel fleets across the state.”
In combination with the state legislature’s Next Generation Roadmap bill and with other MassCEC initiatives, this funding for fleet electrification will help Massachusetts achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.