The U.S.-China Race to Zero (R2ZE) challenge is a collaborative and friendly competition that encourages cities and transit agencies to incorporate new generations of technologically advanced, non-polluting Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs) onto streets in the United States and China. The challenge aims to spur demand for ZEBs and to bolster the development, adoption, and diffusion of innovative zero emission technologies for buses and other heavy-duty vehicles.
The R2ZE will help showcase the American knowhow and technology, and the growing number of U.S. manufacturers who are working to improve the economics of ZEBs and to make them more cost-competitive. By leading the charge through R2ZE, the United States and China will help the ZEB market globally, and subsequently, the heavy-duty trucking industry, and create new economic opportunities.
The R2ZE was included in the 2015 U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue as a way to demonstrate bilateral cooperation on technological innovation, climate change, and clean energy. At that time, the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and China’s National Development and Reform Commission, began efforts to encourage cities and transit agencies to take ambitious actions to add a new generation of non-polluting transit buses to their systems. The two countries officially launched the R2ZE challenge in 2016 during the 8th U.S-China Transportation Forum. The R2ZE is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and China’s Ministry of Transport and supported by multiple private and governmental entities on both sides.
For more information on the R2ZE challenge please see the R2ZE Guidelines.