BYD Awarded $9 Million To Deliver 27 Electric Trucks In Southern California

8 months ago by Mark Kane 14

BYD Lancaster Bus Factory

BYD Lancaster Bus Factory

BYD's "Lancaster" Bus - 60 Feet Long - 171 Miles Of Range

BYD’s “Lancaster” Bus – 60 Feet Long – 171 Miles Of Range

BYD’s Lancaster facility was initially established to produce electric buses, but it seems that there is more and more orders for the company’s electric trucks too.

Recently, the Chinese company was awarded $9 million by the State of California for 27 electric trucks.

23 class 8 and four class 5 vehicles will be used in disadvantaged communities within the cities of San Bernardino, Commerce and Fontana.

  • 23 battery-electric 80,000-pound (GVWR) Class 8 yard trucks, also known as “yard goats,” which are used to move heavy freight containers short distances within freight yards, warehouses, distribution centers and port terminals.
  • The project also demonstrates four 16,100-pound (GVWR) Class 5 medium-duty service trucks. BNSF Railway will operate the trucks at two of its intermodal rail yards in the cities of San Bernardino and Commerce; Daylight Transport will also operate the trucks at its new truck freight transfer facility in Fontana.

Press blast:

“The State of California is awarding $9 million to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for 27 zero-emission trucks to replace diesel-powered heavy-duty tractors used in rail yards and large-scale freight distribution centers. The funds come from the California Climate Investments (CCI) program and are designed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), while also reducing petroleum usage and improving air quality in residential communities.

The project, which kicked off this week, will place these electric-powered trucks in disadvantaged communities within the cities of San Bernardino, Commerce and Fontana. The goal is to develop zero-emission vehicles that could replace existing diesel trucks accelerating the commercialization of these and other examples of heavy-duty advanced, zero-emission technologies in California.”

“Over the two-year duration of the demonstration project, the full complement of the zero-emission trucks will result in overall reductions of 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 3,250 pounds of nitrogen oxide and 170 pounds of diesel soot (PM10).”

“The two types of trucks funded by this grant are the most common at every major freight location in the U.S., providing a model for truck electrification that could be scaled to any facility. The project will demonstrate 23 battery-electric 80,000-pound (GVWR) Class 8 yard trucks, also known as “yard goats,” which are used to move heavy freight containers short distances within freight yards, warehouses, distribution centers and port terminals. The project also demonstrates four 16,100-pound (GVWR) Class 5 medium-duty service trucks. BNSF Railway will operate the trucks at two of its intermodal rail yards in the cities of San Bernardino and Commerce; Daylight Transport will also operate the trucks at its new truck freight transfer facility in Fontana.

The grant is part of a larger statewide investment in low-carbon transportation projects that are pivotal to meeting California’s ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and reduce petroleum dependency by accelerating the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies. The project also supports the Governor’s Executive Order (B-32-15) to “upgrade freight vehicles and infrastructure” utilizing “technologies, energy sources, and fuels that enable greater transportation efficiency while reducing community and environmental impacts.” The draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, required under the Executive Order, was made public last month.

The fully electric trucks will be designed and manufactured by BYD in Lancaster, California.”

Bonus:  If you enjoy corporate and government sound-bites, the following quotes on the EV purchases should make your day!

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary D. Nichols said:

“This project will help put the very cleanest trucks to work where they are heavily utilized, moving cargo within freight yards. Cleaner trucks mean cleaner air for all Californians, but especially for those who live in neighborhoods next to these freight transfer facilities.”

SANBAG President Ryan McEachron said:

“In a county like ours, it is imperative that we continue to seek the resources needed to fund innovative and effective solutions to the air quality challenges we face. This grant represents just one part of a continued effort by SANBAG to enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

Mark Kirschinger, BNSF general manager operations California Division said:

“At BNSF, we believe it is good business and good citizenship to minimize our impact on the environment and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of our business. We welcome the opportunity to participate in this demonstration project to test the viability and effectiveness of using zero-emission trucks inside two of our Southern California facilities.”

Stella Li, president of BYD Motors said:

“BYD’s class 8 heavy-duty yard truck and class 5 medium-duty service truck technology will prove that vehicle electrification is a solution that can be applied today to a variety of needs — not just passenger vehicles. BYD is proud to collaborate on this project and showcase our best-in-market electric battery technology. By deploying these trucks in 24/7 operations, this project will prove that truck electrification can be adopted at any major freight location and scaled for any facility and business need in the U.S.”

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14 responses to "BYD Awarded $9 Million To Deliver 27 Electric Trucks In Southern California"

  1. Heisenberghtbacktotherootsandnuts says:

    Great news!

    Heavily utilized trucks going electric, what could be better?

    1. Nathanael says:

      BNSF had a railyard proposal in the LA basin shot down due to the pollution from the truck traffic. They have a very strong incentive to get electric trucks operating in their railyards ASAP so they can get their railyard approved.

  2. EV Rocks says:

    Great news!

    Big trucks are legally allowed to emit as much pollution as several dozen of today’s cars. But many big trucks actually emit as much pollution as 150 cars!

    http://www.cleanairtrust.org/trucks.dirtytruth.html

    1. jamcl3 says:

      That was true a decade ago, but it is completely untrue today. Since 2010, on-road heavy diesels in the US have been among the cleanest vehicles operating. They carry exhaust after-treatment systems that are as expensive as a some small passenger cars. European heavy diesels are recently almost as clean as US trucks.

      1. Santa Claus says:

        Clean diesel… lol!

      2. Martin Winlow says:

        ‘on road…’ These are not ‘on road’ vehicles and are probably exactly the sort of vehicle that RVRocks is talking about and this is probably precisely why they are being targeted for electrification…

  3. Artem says:

    what range do those things have?

  4. TomArt says:

    Very cool!

  5. acevolt says:

    So these have not been designed yet? No concept drawings? Any timeframe for delivery? It says its a two year demonstration project, but does the two year period start upon delivery or now and it will take a year to design and manufacture?

    1. jamcl3 says:

      Design is completed if I recall.

  6. ffbj says:

    It is the logical first step, as often suggested to use evs as yard goats, where the superior capabilities of evs shine. Also as local delivery city routes from the hub.

    Yards are really nasty, noisy, dirty, and polluted. Implementations of ev trucks in this space will make marked improvements in those areas.

    1. ffbj says:

      Btw around here we call them ‘yard mules’, which to my way of thinking is more apropos.

  7. Sandler says:

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    concerns noted, first have have heard, we will look into it for you
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  8. Some Guy says:

    One fact has not been mentioned yet. Significant noise reduction when compared to frequently starting, accelerating and stopping of ICE