A regional roadmap to zero-emission trucking
In 2021, Ava Community Energy received a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a Blueprint for zero-emission trucking that considers various gaps, barriers, and opportunities for the transition to electric vehicles. This Blueprint outlines five key areas: vehicles, infrastructure, financing, workforce development, and community benefit. It details actions to be taken by Ava and others to make our service area a first-mover market for zero-emission Class 2b-6 trucks and vans by 2030, and Class 7-8 trucks by 2040.
As both a public agency and electricity provider in a high traffic region, Ava was uniquely positioned to execute this project. We partnered with CALSTART for technical consultation, and facilitated a diverse Stakeholder Guidance Committee that met monthly to review and provide feedback on the five key areas.
The final result of this process is our Blueprint, which contains 101 actions across five key areas.
Ava has made early progress on two relevant actions from the Blueprint:
- Greenville Community Charging Depot: As a result of a competitive solicitation in 2022, Ava awarded a $4.5 million loan to Forum Mobility for the construction of a charging depot in Livermore along I-580. The depot will be able to charge up to 96 trucks simultaneously. See the press release here.
- evFleet Consulting Program: To help fleets navigate the transition to zero-emission trucks, Ava approved $750k in initial funding for up to 50 fleets to receive free vehicle and charging recommendations from expert consultants. Learn more here.
Ava and CALSTART also created interim reports that are included as attachments to the Blueprint:
The State of California provides zero-emission truck adoption statistics here: