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Illinois Poised to Join California, N.Y. as Clean Transportation Leader

April 1, 2022

In the Midwestern state of Illinois, much is changing in the way of clean transportation policy and incentives. The Illinois legislators are looking to pass two bills aimed at reducing emissions while supplying funding for new electric heavy-duty vehicles.

Bills SB3171 and HB4389 introduce a voucher incentive program to be implemented by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA). The program is intended to promote the use of electric trucks by fleet owners by offering a voucher of $200,000 per electric Class 7 or Class 8 truck purchased or leased for a fleet. This voucher system is reminiscent of California’s Heavy-Duty Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) and New York’s Voucher Incentive Program (VIP). If enacted, this would lead to an increased rate of investment in heavy-duty vehicles in one of the busiest supply chain regions in the county. With sister bills introduced into committee by the House and the Senate, the General Assembly is looking to quickly send this bill to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

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