The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have announced that the state is signing a multi-state Memorandum of Understanding to work collaboratively to advance the market for electric trucks and buses.

The agencies have also revealed details of a public process to work with the industry and community stakeholders to develop strategies to reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.

“The last several months during COVID-19 have reinforced how critical the freight sector is to keeping Colorado moving,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “We have seen our economy adapt to new models such as increased reliance on deliveries, which also means more trucking. As we move towards the future, it is critical that we consider how we can innovate together to ensure that the freight sector grows in a way that leads to both a thriving economy and cleaner air. We commend the Colorado Motor Carriers Association for their willingness to collaborate with state agencies as we work together to bring stakeholders together for this timely conversation.”

The agencies say they are committed to a collaborative dialogue regarding development of a balanced approach to clean trucking, using this draft strategy as a starting point for that conversation.