The imperative to lower emissions on California’s inter-city freight routes is being addressed by the Siemens and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) project to complete a grid of overhead electric tracks on Interstate 710. With overhanging electric runners (much like those used for electric commuter trains) running along the route between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, heavy to medium trucks plying the route can now have zero-emissions electric powertrains. To complete the system with a similar drayage solution (short freight carrying segments at the start or end of the delivery run), the SCAQMD now taps another company, BYD, for a demonstrator project that will utilize electrics for initial freight gathering or subsequent distribution in cities.
Press Statement by Solar Transport & Automotive Resources (STAR) Corp., “US taps first pure EV trucks from BYD,” 2016:
BYD, the global leader in cutting-edge rechargeable battery technology as well as traditional fuel-powered and new energy vehicles, has been tapped to participate in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) zero-emission drayage truck development and demonstration project.
The State of California will award $23.6 million to the SCAQMD for the project in the hope of reducing key criteria pollutants and accelerating the commercialization of heavy-duty advanced, zero-emission technologies, in line with SCAQMD’s clean air plan.
The project will also serve as a statewide demonstration of 43 zero-emission battery electric and plug-in hybrid drayage trucks serving major California ports in the Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego and San Joaquin Valley.
This is the first large-scale demonstration of zero-emission Class 8 trucks from manufacturers led by BYD. The companies selected for the undertaking have the engineering resources, manufacturing capabilities and distribution networks to support commercialization of advanced technologies related to moving freight to and from the ports. The project is also expected to provide emission reduction benefits in key areas of California with drayage truck activity.
“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,” said Stella Li, president of BYD Motors. “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.”
“This project will help put the very cleanest short-haul trucks to work where they are needed most, moving cargo from the state’s biggest ports to distribution centers and rail yards,” said ARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “This is good news. It means cleaner air for all Californians, but especially those who live in neighborhoods next to these industrial facilities or along some of our state’s busiest trade corridors.”
“This unique collaborative effort will accelerate the commercialization of advanced zero emission truck technologies that are vital to improving air quality in communities near our busy freight corridors,” said Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles City Councilman and SCAQMD Board Member. “Cleaner truck fleets on our roadways are important for air quality and climate goals, and essential to protecting public health.”
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