Port of Long Beach begins pilot program to reduce pollution

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Source: Press Telegram

The project also includes purchasing 12 batter-electric yard tractors, and converting four LNG trucks into plug-in hybrid-electric yard tractors, officials said.

Partners, including Southern California Edison, officially launched the project Wednesday at the port’s Pier J. The project, funded by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission, will bring 25 vehicles that are zero- or near zero-emissions to marine terminals for one year to test their performance, officials said in a prepared statement.

“This project is another example of the goods movement industry, equipment builders, utilities and public agencies stepping up to reach for the goal of zero emissions,” Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach executive director, said in a written statement. “Today, you can see how everyone is coming together to meet that challenge.”

The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by more than 1,323 tons and smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 27 tons each year, officials said. The new equipment is also expected to save more than 270,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

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