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Total Transportation Services Inc., a Southern California drayage company, will replace its entire diesel trucking fleet with near-zero emission natural-gas trucks.
The vehicles will be fueled with carbon-negative renewable natural gas, according to a Sept. 27 news release.
The company also said it is testing trucks with zero emissions.
Carbon negative means that trucks reduce their carbon footprint to less than neutral, having a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding it, according to TTSI officials.
TTSI is based in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Company officials said the announcement was made in conjunction with the nonprofit Coalition for Clean Air to raise awareness of the importance of natural and renewable-gas trucking to help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Los Angeles region, especially at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.
Twenty-five percent of its investment in the new natural gas trucks, TTSI said, was funded through the California Air Resources Board’s California Climate Investments initiative, a program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
TTSI said in any given month, 13,000 to 14,000 trucks call at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, releasing about 2,600 tons per year of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions.
The 40 new near-zero emission, heavy-duty compressed natural gas trucks reduce this type of emissions by 90% compared with their diesel counterparts, TTSI said.
Also, when fueled with renewable natural gas, the trucks will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%, TTSI said.
“If every one of the 14,000 trucks that call at these ports were changed to natural gas, it would have a major impact on air quality in the region,” TTSI President Vic La Rosa said.
Founded in 1989, co-founders La Rosa and Bill Allen officially began TTSI operations as a less-than-truckload service provider. In the early 1990s, the company entered the truckload market and subsequently established its drayage operations in the late ’90s, according to TTSI officials. Today, TTSI is a warehouse company and delivery carrier in Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.
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