The cost of this state’s vehicle economy underscores need for sustainable mobility

by Bill Lucia, Route Fifty, January 24, 2020


A new study from researchers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard estimates how much cars, trucks, and roads cost Massachusetts each year:

  • The study estimates that the total estimated cost each year of the vehicle economy in Massachusetts is about $64 billion
  • Massachusetts’ “vehicle economy” includes nearly 37,000 miles of roads, parking areas, and 4.5 million cars and light trucks
  • For context, the state of Massachusetts in fiscal year 2019 was slated to spend about $59 billion, including federal funds and bond proceeds, to run the government and invest in infrastructure

Sustainable mobility initiatives could help defray some costs associated with transportation by getting cars off the road.

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California weighs controversial rule to tackle truck tailpipe pollution

by Rachel Becker, CalMatters

The California Air Resources Board decided Thursday to toughen a proposed rule that will require manufacturers to sell non-polluting trucks in the state. The new directive is to “put more zero-emission delivery, box trucks, & big-rigs on the road, reaching 100% [zero-emission vehicle] sales sooner for several segments,” Air Board Chair Mary Nichols said in a statement on Twitter. The decision came after environmentalist groups, residents from heavily polluted areas and six legislators pressured the board to make its new rule more ambitious. Revisions are expected to be ready for the board to review this spring.

Noemí Bueno’s daughter was barely 14 months old when she started struggling to breathe.

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Debut of the Rivian R1T pickup at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 27, 2018

By 2021, all-electric trucks from eight manufacturers will hit the U.S. market

by Paul Lienert, Reuters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his spacy Cybertruck have ignited a frenzy over electric pickups, and at least seven other U.S. automakers expect to build new battery-powered trucks by 2021.

The question is who will buy them.

Companies ranging from General Motors Co (GM.N) to startup Lordstown Motors Corp have said they plan to introduce electric pickups over the next two years, and are scheduled to build up to 250,000 a year by 2024, according to industry analysts.

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