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Experts: AZ's medium-to-heavy-duty EV infrastructure needs to grow

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023   

Since Interstate 10 crosses Arizona, experts believe the state is in need of more electric vehicle infrastructure to support the transition to more climate-friendly trucks. This comes as the Environmental Protection Agency's "Phase 3" medium-to-heavy-duty truck rule would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial vehicles beginning in 2027.

Anthony Harrison, head of policy and partnerships with TerraWatt Infrastructure, a company that builds electric charging stations for bigger vehicles, said federal action should be taken to encourage private sector investments to fuel the transition to electric.

"One of the major tools that we have in our toolkit to help ensure infrastructure is not the bottleneck is putting national standards in place, so we know that we need to build these things everywhere, and we need to build them at a faster pace," Harrison said.

Those for and against the EPA's proposal are focused on infrastructure, he contended, and added proponents understand the need to build more infrastructure, and faster. Opponents are worried about the challenges that may pose, as well as the financial impacts on businesses. Last year, TerraWatt announced it is developing the first network of electric heavy-duty charging centers along Interstate 10.

John Boesel, president and CEO, CALSTART, Inc., a nonprofit in the "clean transportation" sector, supports the EPA's proposal, in part because fewer emissions from the trucking industry will help lower-income communities along major freeways. The Interstate 10 corridor runs through Maricopa County, on the American Lung Association's list of worst counties in the nation for ozone pollution. Boesel recognizes the transition will present challenges, but he contends the technology to provide energy to electric commercial vehicles is already available.

"It is a problem that can be solved. We have to definitely learn some things, but it's not a barrier to the growth of the market," he continued.

CALSTART has developed a roadmap for how to implement the infrastructure needed to keep pace as more companies transition to zero-emission medium and heavy-duty trucks, Boesel said.


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