- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont is joining 15 states and the District of Columbia in a push to electrify buses and trucks, Gov. Phil Scott said.

The agreement calls for all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be zero emission by 2050.

Scott said Tuesday the agreement was an important step to increase the number of electric vehicles on the state’s roads.

“Electrifying buses and trucks while making the technology more affordable and accessible is key to meeting our state emissions goals, and this agreement will help move the market in this direction,” Scott said in a statement.

Transportation accounts for 44% of Vermont’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles include large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, long-haul delivery trucks and school and transit buses.

This initiative builds on Vermont’s 2013 commitment to participate in the multi-state Zero Emission Vehicle Task Force to electrify light-duty vehicles.

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