The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) has been awarded $41m from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for a project to promote the use of hydrogen (H2) fuel-cell trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will cost $82,568,872 for its initial phase that will include ten zero-emissions heavy-duty hydrogen fuel-cell-electric trucks, two new heavy-duty H2 fuel stations and four zero-emissions cargo handling equipment.

As part of the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) campaign, partners will provide 50.2% ($41,446,612) in funding.

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Source: Toyota

With support from Toyota, Kenworth and Shell, POLA will establish a fuel-cell-electric technology network for freight transport to move goods from America’s premier port “shore to store”.

“This matching grant from CARB’s California Climate Investments programme is critically needed funding support to develop and commercialize the next generation of clean port equipment and drayage truck, as well as the infrastructure to support it,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.

“This grant funds a public-private collaboration that is representative of our commitment to being a ‘market maker’ through collaborative technology and fuel infrastructure development with industry leaders like Toyota, Kenworth and Shell.”

The initiative will reduce emissions by 465 metric tons of greenhouse gas and 0.72 weighted tons of NOx, ROG and PM10.

“The Port of Los Angeles is showing the world that we don’t need to choose between environmental stewardship and economic growth — and this funding will help put zero emissions goods movement within our reach,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

Ten new zero-emissions (H2) fuel-cell-electric Class 8 on-road trucks on the Kenworth T680 platform will be developed through a collaboration between Kenworth and Toyota to move cargo from the LA ports throughout the Los Angeles basin, as well as ultimately to inland locations such as Riverside County, the Port of Hueneme and to Merced.

The trucks will be operated by Toyota Logistics Services (four), United Parcel Services (three), Total Transportation Services Inc. (two) and Southern Counties Express (one).

“Toyota believes that zero-emissions fuel-cell-electric technology, and the scalability, throughput speed, and driving range advantages of its hydrogen fuel, has the potential to become the powertrain of the future – and the capabilities of fuel-cell-electric heavy trucks are a big reason why,” said Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President Bob Carter.

Two new large capacity heavy-duty H2 fueling stations will be developed by Shell in Wilmington and Ontario, California, and will join three additional stations located at Toyota facilities around LA to form an integrated, five-station heavy-duty H2 fueling network.

There will also be expanded use of zero-emissions technology in off-road and warehouse equipment, including two zero-emissions yard tractors for the Port of Hueneme and more use of zero-emissions forklifts at Toyota’s port warehouse.

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Source: Toyota