Port of Los Angeles, Partners Launch Zero-Emission Project

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The Port of Los Angeles and its partners announced the debut of five new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles and the grand opening of two hydrogen fueling stations as they move to pollution-free goods movement.

Operating the trucks are Toyota Logistics Services, UPS Inc., and trucking companies Total Transportation Services Inc. and Southern Counties Express.

The vehicles’ duty cycles will consist of local pickup and delivery and drayage near the port and short regional haul applications in the Inland Empire about 70 miles away.

Under the $82.5 million Shore-to-Store project, more than a dozen public and private sector partners have teamed up for a 12-month demonstration of the zero-emission Class 8 trucks and intend to expand the project to include five more hydrogen-fueled heavy-duty trucks, two battery-electric yard tractors, and two battery-electric forklifts.

“This project is a model for developing and commercializing the next generation of clean trucks and cargo-handling equipment for the region and beyond,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a release. “Just as the air we breathe extends beyond the Port’s footprint, so should the clean air and economic benefits we believe this project will yield.”

Toyota Motor North America supplied the fuel cell electric powertrains for the Kenworth Motor Co. heavy-duty trucks and Shell Oil Products US designed, built and will operate the project’s two new high-capacity hydrogen fueling stations in Wilmington and Ontario.

Gas and technology company Air Liquide is also participating as a fuel supplier. The Port of Hueneme will partner on drayage runs and serve as the site for testing the zero-emissions yard tractors.

The California Air Resources Board is supporting the project with a matching grant of $41.1 million. Project partners are contributing the remaining $41.4 million in financial and in-kind support. — Transport Topics

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