November 8, 2019 1:45 PM, EST

Natural Gas Trucks Expand in Southern California Ports

Clean Energy FuelsA Clean Energy Fuels station. (Clean Energy Fuels Corp.)

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Clean Energy Fuels is supplying 100 trucks from Southern California port trucking companies with its Redeem renewable natural gas.

The trucks, operating in the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, are equipped with the ultralow-NOx Cummins Westport ISX12N engine.

The ISX12N is certified by the California Air Resources Board to reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% compared with the current engine standard, and by 98% when compared with the almost 8,000 older diesel trucks operating in the ports today.

According to the Newport Beach, Calif.-based company, the carriers involved are:

  • Overseas Freight
  • Total Transportation Services
  • Pacific 9 Transportation
  • 4 Gen Logistics
  • Orange Avenue Express
  • NFI industries
  • Green Fleet Systems
  • MDB Transportation
  • Green Trucking
  • West Coast Trucking
  • Tradelink Transportation

CARB has approved a $533 million plan for investments that will promote clean vehicle technologies such as natural gas trucks. The plan is expected to ensure the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Projects effectively address the need to accelerate the cleanup and transformation of California’s vehicle fleet.

The Clean Air Action Plan, adopted by the San Pedro Bay Ports in 2017, called for the transformation of trucking away from diesel and this change is now underway. — Transport Topics

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