Forum Mobility, a provider of freight electrification, has announced the opening of a new heavy-duty truck charging depot at the Port of Long Beach.
According to the company, this new depot will provide high-speed charging infrastructure for hundreds of drayage trucks per day, supporting the transition of the state’s drayage fleet to zero-emission.
Forward thinking drayage carriers are already reserving chargers because of the strategic location, adjacent to terminals.
Matt LeDucq, CEO and co-founder of Forum Mobility, said: “Forum is building dedicated infrastructure for heavy-duty trucks to transition from diesel to electricity. With the support of the Port of Long Beach, the FM Harbor depot will provide drayage truckers a turn-key solution to comply with California Air Resource Board regulations.
“At Forum Mobility facilities like this one, fleets can make the transition simply and without using their own capital. Forum is building a network of charging depots at the ports, along freight corridors and near distribution centres to serve owner-operators and carriers of all sizes. We make it easy to go electric.”
Forum Mobility revealed that Talon Logistics Inc., a national drayage carrier based in Chino, has already secured dedicated charging at FM Harbor.
Emmanuel Carrillo, Talon Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Talon Logistics prides itself in being a trendset leader and Forum is our trusted infrastructure partner. Securing fully-staffed and dedicated charging inside the port makes us pioneers in the space, which puts us ahead of the competition.
“FM Harbor couldn’t be more convenient – 7,000 trucks a day go into the Port of Long Beach, and our fleet will be one of the few able to charge right next to the terminals. Forum’s turnkey charging solution allows me to focus on growing my business and serving my customers.”
The Forum charging depot at the Port of Long Beach will reportedly include 19 dual-port 360 kilowatt (kW) chargers and six 360 kW single-dispenser chargers capable of charging 44 vehicles concurrently and charging an electric Class-8 truck in around 90 minutes, depending on battery capacity.
When fully operational, it is set to service approximately 200 trucks every day. The location is next to the Long Beach Container Terminal.
The first phase of Forum Mobility’s eight charging stations, with a capacity to charge about 600 vehicles at the same time, is expected to go live within the next 10-20 months.
Earlier this month, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach revealed their commitment to allocate $60 million in funding from the Clean Truck Fund (CTF) Rate for the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).