Zero Emission Fueling Stations for Trucks and Buses

Author: John Drake


The next administration can achieve significant reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions by helping transition the commercial truck and bus industries to cleaner fuels like electric power and hydrogen. A key role for the Federal Government is to support the build-out of a nationwide network of zero-emission (i.e., alternative) fueling stations, including electric charging and hydrogen fueling stations. Achieving this goal will require federal leadership and significant collaboration with Congress, states, electric utilities, the private sector, and others. The amount of effort and time necessary for this effort means that it must be a day one priority to achieve meaningful progress within four years. A robust network of zero-emission fueling stations for trucks and busses will facilitate a significant and permanent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions, improve air quality for communities nationwide, result in safer highways, and help create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

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About the Author

John Drake is the executive director of supply chain policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Drake previously served as a senior appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. There he led the government affairs office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, served as a deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, and was the deputy administrator to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He also spent nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, including as a professional staff member to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In addition, he was previously the American Trucking Associations’ top representative to the Senate. Drake holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and two children.