The Port of Long Beach will deploy hydrogen- and electric-powered vehicles after receiving a $5.3 million grant from the California Air Forces Board (CARB). Two terminals at North America’s second-busiest seaport are to test the viability of zero-emissions vehicles.
The Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (C-PORT), which is carrying out the tests, is part of California Climate Investments.
The statewide initiative is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as strengthen the economy and improve public health.
Daniel Mahr discusses how renewable energy might be used to handle bulk in a recent Port Technology technical paper
In total, five vehicles will be used at the port, including three battery-electric top handlers, one fuel cell yard tractor, and one battery-electric yard tractor.
As part of its commitment to make its operations emissions-free, the Port of Long Beach will start using the vehicles in 2019.
Harbour Commission President Lou Anne Bynum commented: “The progress we’ve made in reducing pollution is a model for seaports everywhere, with diesel emissions alone down almost 90% since we adopted the Clean Air Action Plan in 2005.”
Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, said: “Our partnerships with the California Air Resources Board, and other agencies, provide crucial funding for these vital demonstration projects as we work to create a zero-emissions seaport.”