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.
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.
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.
At this third Collaborative meeting, attendees will hear directly from community members, through a moderated panel discussion, to better understand how communities are affected by the drayage sector, as well as potential benefits and unintended consequences of the transition to zero-emission trucks. Participants will then hear updates on outreach and engagement activities for the Collaborative, in addition to updates on key Washington state policy developments related to zero-emission heavy-duty trucks. Members will discuss potential solutions, key questions, and data needs from small group Issue Teams and provide feedback on an initial roadmap outline and research agenda.
During this meeting, participants will hear about emerging business models for Zero-Emission trucks, including trucking-as-a-service, leasing, and sponsorship models; as well as the potential development of secondary markets for used trucks. Participants will discuss how different business models and secondary market development should fit into a roadmap for transitioning to zero-emission drayage in the Puget Sound region. Members will then hear quick updates on key policy development and the upcoming legislative session.
Meeting dates and materials will be posted for future meetings as available.
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:
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: