Truck­ing indus­try warns of ‘fatal flaws’ in Washington’s elec­tric vehi­cle plans

(The Cen­ter Square) — The Wash­ing­ton Elec­tric Vehi­cle Coun­cil is final­iz­ing its trans­porta­tion elec­tri­fi­ca­tion strat­e­gy for the Leg­is­la­ture to shift the trans­porta­tion sec­tor from fos­sil fuels to elec­tric­i­ty.
At the council’s Nov. 1 meet­ing, Depart­ment of Com­merce Direc­tor of State Effi­cient and Envi­ron­men­tal Per­for­mance Han­na Water­strat described it as “our roadmap to mak­ing elec­tric vehi­cles the default option” and “the new nor­mal.”
How­ev­er, the state truck­ing indus­try is warn­ing of “fatal flaws” in that plan that could derail more than just the state’s envi­ron­men­tal objec­tive.
In a let­ter to the EV Coun­cil, Wash­ing­ton Truck­ing Asso­ci­a­tions Pres­i­dent Sheri Call wrote that the TES is full of “aspi­ra­tional poli­cies that have no ground­ing in real­i­ty.”
The state’s goal of shift­ing to EVs faces numer­ous logis­ti­cal and pra …