The Road to Zero-Emission Trucks: Charging Infrastructure

The transportation sector is the largest and fastest-growing source of climate pollution in the United States. Trucks account for over a quarter of on-road transportation’s greenhouse gas emissions and are also a major source of health-harming air pollution. As manufacturers embrace EV technology at an unprecedented pace and scale, what does the future hold for electric trucks?  

Despite eventual long-term savings, the infrastructure costs required to transition to electric trucks is high. Unlike electric cars, trucks will charge at their own warehouses. What types of federal incentives can be put in place to cut down on infrastructure charging costs? At the same time, how can optimized charging and the use of on-site batteries and solar make the move to electric trucks more affordable and sustainable?

This virtual event - the first in a series of three - will examine the future of electric trucks with an emphasis on the EV charging infrastructure supply chain, federal initiatives for large-scale charging installations, and health and equity concerns when it comes to the impact of trucks on frontline communities.

The Hill will bring together lawmakers and business leaders to discuss how policy initiatives can play a role in building a sustainable EV infrastructure grid that can support electric trucks.


Wednesday, June 30

3:15 PM ET/12:15 PM PT



  • Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Chair, Homeland Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee 
  • Debra Gore-Mann, President & CEO, The Greenlining Institute
  • Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), State Senator, PA
  • Mari McClure, President & CEO, Green Mountain Power
  • Amit Narayan, CEO & Founder, AutoGrid

Sponsor Perspectives:

  • Pam MacDougall, Sr. Manager, Grid Modernization Engineering and Strategy, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Troy Musgrave, Director of Process Improvement, Dependable Highway Express


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


Questions for our speakers? Join the conversation using @TheHillEvents and #TheHillETrucks.





Corporate shippers, large fleet operators and truck and engine manufacturers face growing pressure to drive down pollution from medium and heavy-duty vehicles, which contribute to climate change and cause serious harm to human health. Leading businesses understand the urgency to switch to zero-emission alternatives.

Both corporate leadership and policy action are critical to accelerate the transition to zero-emission trucks. That’s why one of the most powerful tools businesses have to drive progress is their political influence.

Learn more about the benefits of zero-emission trucks, the policies needed to scale their deployment and how Environmental Defense Fund can help.