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Oregon Signs Statement of Intent to Accelerate Transition to Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

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Along with seven other states and the District of Columbia, Oregon signed a Statement of Intent to develop a multi-state memorandum of understanding to support and accelerate the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs (zero-emission vehicles) for consideration by the states’ governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia in summer 2020. The primary purpose is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but these vehicles are also major sources of diesel particulates, which is a serious pollution problem in Multnomah County. Most of the signatories are also members of the ZEV Task Force, which focuses on ZEV passenger cars and light trucks. Under the Action Plan established by the Task Force, Oregon has engaged in various initiatives such as support for workplace charging, ZEVs in fleets, and rebate programs.