The Volvo Group has joined a network of more than 130 car manufacturers, governments, infrastructure providers and market leaders committed to accelerating zero-emission commercial vehicles.
It has signed up to CALSTART’s ‘Drive to Zero’ campaign, agreeing to work strategically and collaboratively to support and grow mechanisms to speed the early market for zero-emission commercial buses and trucks.
The programme is aiming to drive market viability for zero-emission commercial vehicles in urban communities by 2025 and enter the full market by 2040.
Martin Weissburg, Volvo Group North America Chairman and Mack Trucks President said: “As leaders in transport and infrastructure solutions driving sustainable transformation in our industry, the Volvo Group is proud to pledge our support for Drive to Zero and its ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
“The pledge to accelerate zero-emission vehicles aligns with our own commitment to environmental sustainability, including targeting global, net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, as well as 35% of our global vehicle sales to be fully electric by 2030.”
Other Drive to Zero pledge partners include Scania, BYD, Arrival; IKEA’s Ingka Group, Siemens, the California Air Resources Board, the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Oslo and Vancouver, among several others.
Dr Cristiano Façanha, CALSTART’s Global Director and Drive to Zero lead added: “As one of the world’s top commercial vehicle and equipment manufacturers, the importance of the Volvo Group joining our Drive to Zero network cannot be overstated. This will align with Volvo’s ambition towards 100% fossil-fuel free vehicles by 2040, help connect the company to a wider network of committed partners and help accelerate infrastructure development.
“We are honoured to welcome the Volvo Group to the Drive to Zero programme and campaign.”
Drive to Zero also co-ordinates a Global MoU of nations that committed to 100% sales of new trucks and buses being zero-emission by 2040.