California To Award $23.6 Million For Zero Emission Trucks At Seaports
The State of California announced $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for zero-emission Class 8 Drayage truck development and demonstration project.
In total 43 all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will by delivered in port-adjacent/disadvantaged communities found in Los Angeles, San Joaquin Valley, Oakland, San Diego and West Sacramento.
Trucks to be delivered by BYD, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Volvo.
“The funds, from the California Climate Investments program, will reduce key criteria pollutants, greenhouse gases (GHG), petroleum usage and toxic pollution where reductions are needed most. They are also designed to accelerate the commercialization of heavy-duty advanced, zero-emission technologies, establishing a path for implementing SCAQMD’s clean air plan currently under development.”
BYD intends to deliver its trucks later this year. Stella Li, president of BYD Motors said:
“BYD is proud to work with the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District and our fleet partners to advance clean, battery-electric transportation solutions in communities where it is needed most. BYD is a worldwide leader in battery technology and as the OEM providing the most battery-electric trucks under this solicitation, I believe other fleets will take notice and recognize that battery-powered drayage trucks are reliable and available for wider deployment today. We look forward to celebrating the delivery of our first battery-electric drayage truck in the fall of this year.”
Kenworth Truck Company Research & Development Manager Brian Lindgren on the project:
“Kenworth is pleased to partner with SCAQMD in the development of commercial vehicle technologies that help to reduce emissions. As a division of PACCAR Inc., environmental leadership is one of our core values: reducing the environmental impact of our activities and our products is an integral part of our corporate strategy. We look forward to working with SCAQMD to develop these zero-emission and zero-emission-capable drayage tractors, and if successful, to broaden the availability of these technologies to more of our customers.”
Andy Weiblen, Peterbilt Director of Product Planning added:
“Peterbilt is excited to participate in the grant program and looks forward to working with the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to evaluate commercial trucks with zero-emission capabilities. Peterbilt welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to developing advanced, environmentally friendly technologies and products, as well as sustaining green initiatives throughout all of our operations and facilities.”
Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs, Volvo Group North America also chimed in:
“Volvo Group is pleased to partner with SCAQMD and receive funding from CARB to further investigate technologies that offer significant emissions reductions while increasing fuel efficiency for customers. The Zero Emission Drayage Truck Demonstration Project will build upon the integrated technologies approach that Volvo Group has been promoting, including further development of intelligent transportation systems solutions.”