Clean Transportation

The Global Warming Solutions Act (the “GWSA”) of 2008 was created to reach a target of 25% reduction of GHG emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. The GWSA calls out specific requirements for the transportation sector in order to establish an annually declining aggregate GHG emissions limit. In 2012, transportation contributed to 41% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the Commonwealth, and it is the only sector to have a volumetric increase in emissions. Therefore, the transportation sector is one of the major targets under Executive Order No. 569 for the Commonwealth, which was passed in order to address areas of vulnerability and to increase the adoption of strategies that help combat climate change, such as clean transportation. Additionally, the transportation sector was addressed in the 2016 Chapter 448: An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption, which allowed towns to take specific action regarding EVs, and requiring studies on offsetting gas tax revenue loss and the electrification of the state fleet, including the regional transit authority.

Potential clean transportation may include, but is not limited to plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, and propane.  These clean transportation vehicles and associated infrastructure will have a focus on reducing and replacing fossil fuel use. Clean transportation can serve as a key resource in addressing the Commonwealth’s energy challenges and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The thriving innovation sector in Massachusetts holds promise for the continued development of cutting edge clean transportation technologies and the growth of clean transportation companies.

MassCEC’s Activities on Clean Transportation

MassCEC is collaborating with the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on a study in order to obtain a broad view of clean transportation technologies that will inform future policy and programs. The proposed study will:

  • Define motivational drivers for clean transportation
  • Analyze costs and benefits of clean transportation, including GHG benefits and growing the MA clean transportation industry
  • Explore market, deployment, and economic opportunities to achieve benefits for clean transportation
  • Identify the barriers of achieving various clean transportation benefits
  • Recommend clean transportation policies and programs that overcome these barriers and seek to meet agency goals

This study will be informed by best practices and lessons from other state experiences, and it is expected to provide specific insights into Massachusetts-specific and regional context to advance clean transportation interests in the Commonwealth.

Through various programs, MassCEC has made over 15 awards to projects with a focus on clean transportation technology, totaling an investment of  more than $1.45 Million in clean transportation.


Amount Awarded (in Dollars)

Number of Awards








Blackburn Energy, Electra Vehicles, Idle Smart



Vecarius, Blackburn Energy




XL Hybrids



XL Hybrids, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Ivys




XL Hybrids,
FastCAP Systems




XL Hybrids

Leveraging Funding Opportunities




Academic Collaboration



UMass Dartmouth





Related Activities

Request for Proposals - Clean Transportation Study

Stakeholder Meeting – TBD

Recent Announcements

Chapter 448 – An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption (see above)

Executive Order No. 569 (see above)

Volkswagen Diesel Settlements & Environmental Mitigation – Information about the court settlements surrounding the diesel emissions fraud complaints against Volkswagen Group of America.

Contact Information

If you would like to be on our mailing list to stay informed about MassCEC’s clean transportation activities, please email with the subject “Clean Transportation Stakeholder.”