Is the Agriculture Sector Charged for Transportation Change?

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Report Snapshot

Situation

A wave of memorandums, state-level regulation, executive orders and statements have driven significant momentum behind transitioning the transportation fleet of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Impact

Transportation is a vital piece of the agricultural supply chain, and any changes to the transportation fleet and infrastructure will have an impact on farmers and the food supply chain. For agricultural producers in California, the transition to zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (ZE-MHDVs) is likely to cause some initial disruptions in the supply chain. Larger agricultural producers and processors, and smaller producers that contract with large fleets, in California will begin to phase out traditional MHDVs for ZE-MHDVs and develop the needed infrastructure and logistics for timely charging. In addition to initial supply chain disruptions, the upfront financial costs could be very cumbersome for smaller players and create a geographically tighter supply chain. 

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