APMT launches ‘Clean Truck Express Lane’ at Pier 400

APMT launches ‘Clean Truck Express Lane’ at Pier 400

APM Terminals (APMT) has announced the launch of its ‘Clean Truck Express’ lane at its Pier 400 Los Angeles terminal in support of sustainable transportation.

This dedicated lane is exclusively for vehicles registered in the Port of Los Angeles ‘Clean Truck Program’ and powered by battery electric, natural gas, or other zero emission technologies.

By providing a dedicated lane for these trucks, APMT aims to reduce gate-in times for customers, thereby minimising energy consumption, promoting lower emissions, and improving operational efficiency.

Invited guests to the formal ribbon cutting ceremony included representatives of Performance Team and HUDD brand with their growing fleet of Volvo and BYD Class 8 EV trucks, as well as IMC, which is the largest marine drayage provider in the US, APMT reported.

By the numbers:

  • Approximately 3,000 trucks pass through APMT’s Pier 400 truck gates each weekday, with over 850,000 truck transactions in the past 12 months.
  • More than 1,200 battery electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and natural gas trucks operate at the Port of Los Angeles that qualify to use Pier 400’s express Lane. 
  • Initial truck turn time studies point to a potential savings of about nine minutes per turn on average in the express lane as compared to conventional lanes. Savings can increase significantly during peak hours.
  • An estimated 34 pounds of Scope 1* carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) emissions are eliminated per zero-emission truck trip as compared to internal combustion engine powered trips.

“Congratulations to APM Terminals for being the first Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) in the San Pedro port complex to add an expedited service lane for Zero Emissions Vehicles,” said Jim Gillis, President of the Pacific Region, IMC.

“We hope that other MTO’s follow suit as we believe that aiding those truckers investing in zero emissions technologies will only accelerate the adoption of these vehicles, ultimately resulting in a cleaner environment for Southern California.”

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“This initiative is not just about reducing emissions; it’s about redefining industry standards and helping our customers and communities transition towards sustainable supply chains,” said Jon Poelma, Managing Director of APMT Pier 400.

With regulations set to prohibit diesel trucks from registering in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) system by January 2024 and the state’s target for 100 per cent zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035, Pier 400 anticipates a near doubling of the number of certified clean trucks eligible for its Clean Truck Express lane by the end of 2024.

APMT’s Pier 400 will review and look to potentially expand its express lane initiative after the pilot period is completed.

In October 2023, APMT announced Olaf Gelhausen as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

More recently, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach announced they would make $60 million in Clean Truck Fund (CTF) Rate funding available through the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

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