Zero-Emission Truck Collaborative

Meeting Schedule & Materials

About the Collaborative

The transition to zero-emission drayage vehicles serving ports in the Pacific Northwest is a key step to meet zero emission trucking targets adopted in the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy while also contributing to city and state decarbonization goals. The multi-stakeholder Puget Sound Zero-Emission Truck Collaborative is developing a roadmap for transitioning to zero-emission drayage services at the Puget Sound region marine cargo terminals no later than 2050. The Collaborative will meet approximately every other month for half-day meetings between June 2023 and December 2024. Most of these meetings will be virtual but some may be in-person meetings that will include site visits and/or listening sessions. This website will be updated with relevant materials for each of these meetings.  

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Meeting Schedule and Materials

Meeting 1: June 30, 2023

The purpose of this first meeting is to introduce members of the Collaborative and create a shared understanding of project context, background, and objectives and proposed process for the Collaborative. Members will discuss and affirm Roadmap principles and Collaborative purpose, as well as the Collaborative charter and operating guidelines.

Meeting AgendaMeeting SlidesMeeting Summary Charter Collaborative Members Collaborative and Roadmap Scoping Document

Meeting 2: August 18, 2023

During this meeting, Collaborative members will hear directly from drivers, through a moderated panel discussion, to better understand the key issues, concerns, and benefits of the transition to zero-emission trucks. Following the panel, members will utilize their broad range of perspectives to brainstorm key issues for transitioning to zero-emission drayage in the Puget Sound Region, particularly around vehicle affordability/access, charging/fueling infrastructure, equitable transition, and funding/financing. Members will learn about the upcoming process to meet in smaller groups to discuss these key issue areas and select which group(s) they’d like to join. The group will also review and provide feedback on the draft driver and community engagement strategy.

Meeting AgendaMeeting SlidesMeeting SummaryDriver Panel Recording

Meeting 3: October 13, 2023

Meeting dates and materials will be posted for future meetings as available.

Decarbonizing Drayage: Roadmap to 2050

There is a huge gap between the vision of zero emissions by 2050 and the status quo. Success will require a carefully crafted, long-term strategy rooted in the best available data, multistakeholder collaboration, and lessons from efforts around the country. A regional roadmap will put forward recommendations for making a just and equitable transition to zero emission drayage by improving zero-emission truck availability and affordability, developing charging and fueling infrastructure, and ensuring sufficient funding and financing.

The Roadmap will:

  • Emphasize voluntary, non-regulatory, and partnership-based solutions that can achieve emissions reductions at the scale and pace needed to meet port, local, and state decarbonization goals while also ensuring the continued economic vitality of the Northwest ports gateway and region.
  • Emphasize facilitating a just and equitable transition to zero-emission trucking, with an emphasis on solutions that make zero-emission trucks affordable and available for a range of operators, large and small.
  • Be informed by consultation with near-port communities experiencing environmental health disparities and small, lower income trucking companies and independent owner/operators.
  • Be data-driven and use a learning-by-doing process, informed by regional pilots and related efforts.

The Collaborative

Achieving the vision of zero-emission drayage by 2050 will require a high degree of collaboration across a wide range of key stakeholder groups, including truck manufacturers, trucking companies and drivers, retailers, ports, marine terminal operators, local and state government agencies, utilities, charging and fueling companies, near-port communities, environmental and EJ advocates and others. The primary purpose of the Collaborative is to develop and build support for the Roadmap as a long-term strategy for decarbonizing drayage through scaled adoption of zero-emission trucks at Northwest port gateways. Members will collaborate to identify and contribute to strategies for overcoming key longer-term market, logistical, and other barriers related to drayage fleet adoption of zero-emission vehicles. Members will bring the following to the Collaborative process:

  • Committed to the success of the project and to the long-term goal of decarbonizing drayage at regional ports
  • Act as sounding boards for, and liaisons to, the sectors they represent
  • Connected to other regional efforts and positioned to learn from and make connections to related efforts
  • Reflect the diversity of stakeholders and be able to ensure solutions are equitable for drivers and communities that are under-served
  • Knowledgeable about key barriers and potential solutions
  • Committed to working together to advance collaborative solutions
  • In a position to attract state, federal, and private sector funding, and investments to help enable markets, infrastructure, and incentives to develop
  • In a position to build visibility and support in the region

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Barriers to Zero-Emission Trucks Adoption in Washington State

  • Zero-emission trucks are about eight times more expensive than what the average local drayage truck driver currently pays for their vehicle, which is typically a second or third hand diesel truck
  • The necessary charging and fueling infrastructure for zero emission trucks (both public and private) is virtually non-existent
  • Most of the drayage trucking companies serving the NWSA are small- or medium-sized businesses, many minority-owned, that are highly sensitive to changes in their cost of doing business
  • Local trucking companies lack familiarity and confidence in the new truck technologies, and are wary of potential risks to their operations, profitability, and viability
  • Given the considerable complexity, transitioning to zero-emission trucks will require a much greater degree of collaboration across stakeholders than what exists currently