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Why Zero-Emissions
Fleet Transformation
D
Starts
at the Top
While most agencies are beginning their
zero-emissions fleet transformation bottom up,
a successful transition begins at the top with
organizational commitment, structure and a
change management approach.
BY CR A IG C I P RI ANO , CONT RI BU TOR
ecarbonizing our transportation system is one of the top challenges of
our time and comes with several considerations, including social equity,
resiliency and safety. To this end, an increasing number of government
agencies and fleet operators across the country are transitioning
their fleets to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to minimize their
carbon footprint. California took the lead, with New York and
other states quickly following suit. The federal government has
provided financial incentives to governments and public agencies
who successfully convert 100 percent
of their light-duty non-emergency
vehicle fleets to ZEVs
by 2035 and 100 percent of their
medium- and heavy-duty vehicle
fleet to ZEVs by 2040.
Why zero-emission
technology had
a slow start
Despite these ambitious plans, to
date, the incorporation of zero-emission
technology, most notably, of
battery electric and hydrogen fuel
cells, has been slow, primarily due
to the complexity and expense of
installing the needed charging/
fueling infrastructure, as well as
power requirements and the anxiety
of fleet operators around these developing
technologies. These problems
were further exacerbated by the
COVID-19 pandemic, which
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2023

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
Products
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March/April 2023 - Editor’s Notebook
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March/April 2023 - Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
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March/April 2023 - A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
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March/April 2023 - Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
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March/April 2023 - Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
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March/April 2023 - Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
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