Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM PDT
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Seattle Airport Marriott 
3201 South 176th St
Seattle, WA 98188

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Pacific NorthWest Economic Region/PNWER RIA 
Paying for the MHD ZEV Transition in Washington State
How is WA planning to finance the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle (MHD ZEV) transition?

Agenda with Speakers:

  • Check-in & Networking
  • Introduction & Overview
    • Bruce Agnew, PNWER RIA
  • Building MHD ZEV Refueling Infrastructure
    • Moderated By: Jeff Morris, Schneider Electric
    • Stephanie Celt, Washington State Department of Commerce
    • Will Einstein, Puget Sound Energy
    • Cam LeHouillier, Tacoma Power
  • Pilot Project: City of Seattle Drayage Pilot Project
    • Tracey Whitten, City of Seattle OSE
    • Michael Graham, Clean Cities Coalition
    • Peter Gishuru, African Chamber of Commerce
    • Dawit Habte, Afar Trucking and Logistics
    • Eyob Iambero, Eyob Trucking
    • Hakim Mussid, Puget Sound Drayage Driver
    • Bereket Habte, Puget Sound Drayage Driver
  • Selling MHD ZEVs
    • Andrea Pratt, Volvo Group North America
    • Colin Lay, PACCAR / Kenworth
  • Federal Funding for MHD ZEV Transition
    • Alex Stone, Office of Congressman Adam Smith
    • Jena Yang, Office of Congressman Adam Smith
    • Betz Mayer, PNWER RIA
  • Lunch + Networking
  • Washington State's MHD Policy & Funding Landscape
    • Anna Lising, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
    • Michael Mann, Clean & Prosperous Washington
    • Leah Missik, Climate Solutions
  • Blending Federal & State Support: NWSA Pilot Project
    • Steve Nicholas, NWSA
    • Dennis McLerran, Cascadia Law Group
  • Private Sector Support for MHD ZEVs (TaaS)
    • Matt LeDucq, Forum Mobility
    • Rob Shaw, CBRE
  • Building Up the Transportation Electrification Workforce
    • Ryan Bradt, Puget Sound EJATC
    • Phil Davis, Electrical Joint Training Center, BC
  • What's Next for WA's MHD ZEVs?
  • Adjourn
Lunch will be provided

Registration is Free and Lunch is Provided!

Purpose of the Event:

  • Identify and discuss state and federal resources available for financing the MHD ZEV transition, including vehicle and infrastructure acquisition;
  • Bring people together to network and discuss shared experiences with decarbonizing MHD vehicles;
  • Highlight existing MHD ZEV efforts in the Puget Sound.


Anyone interested in transportation decarbonization, electrification, state and federal policy surrounding medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, workforce development, creating living wage jobs, innovative financing for infrastructure investment, reducing transportation-related emissions, energy and electricity, hydrogen hubs, and more!

Why is this event focused on Medium- and Heavy Duty Zero Emission Vehicles?

Trucks and buses represent just 10% of vehicles on Washington’s roads and highways, but are responsible for 30% of the state’s GHG emissions, and disproportionately contribute to low air quality in low-income and historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

To meet Washington State’s net zero carbon reduction goals by 2050 and improve local air quality, the medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) vehicle sector needs to rapidly decarbonize. However, installing zero emission infrastructure is estimated to cost billions of dollars, zero emission heavy-duty vehicles cost several hundred thousand dollars more than their diesel counterparts, and our current workforce is not trained to service and maintain this new technology. 

This event will bring several different sets of stakeholders together to identify what is working, where the financing gaps are, and how Washington state can strategically plan to finance the MHD ZEV transition!


There are three main challenges to decarbonizing the Medium and Heavy-duty vehicle sector:

Affordability & Accessibility: Can drivers, fleets, and operators access and afford to purchase zero emission medium and heavy-duty zero emission vehicles (MHD ZEVs)?

Zero Emission Refueling Infrastructure Availability: Does the electric grid have enough transmission and capacity to refuel MHD ZEVs? Is other zero emission refueling infrastructure (like hydrogen) available?

Workforce Development & Reskilling: Do we have the workforce to service, maintain, and operate these new technology vehicles? How are we planning to reskill and train the existing workforce of drivers, mechanics, electricians, and more?

While there are solutions to many of these challenges, one major issue remains:

How are we planning to pay for this transition?

Join the PNWER Regional Infrastructure Accelerator (PNWER RIA), WSU, and other key leaders from across Washington State to explore these and other questions at this in-person event on Thursday, April 27 in SeaTac, WA. 

From state programs to federal support, and the private sector investments that are bridging the gap, learn about ways Washington State is planning for this transition, and some of the innovative existing efforts seen to pilot heavy-duty zero emission vehicle use in the Puget Sound!