Port of Long Beach to expand electric-charging point access

Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach has issued an information request to help make electric charging more accessible for drayage trucks in the complex.

The request asks for information on potential interest on the installation of 100 chargers at up to four pre-determined sites by 2028. This is set to support the heavy-duty, class 8 drayage trucks that serve the port complex on a regular basis.

This aligns with the port’s Clean Air Action Plan which aims to transition its drayage truck fleet to zero emissions by 2035.

Responses are due by 29 March 2022.

“It’s important for us to nurture the market for electric trucks if we are to meet the zero-emissions trucks goal,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director for the Port of Long Beach.

“This is one of the project’s objectives, and it will also provide an overnight charging option for independent owner-operators who may not be able to charge their vehicles at home.”

Steven Neal, President of the Long Beach Harbor Commission, added: “Our environmental programs and initiatives have already cut diesel emissions from trucks by as much as 97 per cent.

“Initiatives like this are steps along the way to our ambitious zero-emissions goal. It will take ingenuity and continuing strong partnerships with the trucking and goods movement industry, but I am confident we will succeed.”

The first two public charging stations for heavy-duty trucks in Southern California have already been installed at the Terminal Access Center and are expected to be available for drayage truck recharging by the end of February 2022.

In other recent news, the Nikola Corporation delivered the first Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) pilot trucks to Total Transport Services Inc. (TTSI) for use at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

This comes as part of the company’s Letter of Intent (LOI) to use 100 zero-emission trucks by 2023.

The LOI is beginning with a four-truck pilot of two BEVs and two hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

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