The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has received $12 million from the newly-formed Federal Zero-Emission Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program.
The grant will help to establish shared charging stations for drayage trucks that travel between Seattle and Tacoma ports.
Congresswoman Jayapal, along with her colleagues from the Washington State congressional delegation, endorsed the funding application. She also reportedly gained an additional $850,000 in the fiscal year 2024 budget for electrifying the ports’ drayage fleet.
The charging hubs will help to transition 4,500 heavy-duty trucks that currently serve the NWSA cargo gateway to zero-emission drayage trucks by providing EV charging opportunities, secure overnight parking, and other amenities important to truckers.
With drayage trucks and the port as backdrops, the press conference will highlight the upcoming use of the $12 million grant, the Puget Sound Zero-Emission Truck Collaborative’s current decarbonisation efforts, and the significant community impacts of reducing emissions in near-port neighbourhoods.