Friday, September 21, 2018

CARB Gives Port of Los Angeles $41 Million

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Los Angeles has been given $41 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) toward its Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project.

Supported by Toyota, Kenworth, and Shell, the project will help significantly lower emissions by creating a massive “shore to store” plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities. The initial phase of the project will cost nearly $82.6 million, with partners matching about half the funding. “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. “I am grateful to CARB for this investment in America’s port, as we continue to lead the drive toward a more sustainable future.”

According to the Port of Los Angeles, the project will feature 10 new zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell-electric Class 8 on-road trucks on the Kenworth T680 platform to be developed by Kenworth and Toyota; two new large capacity heavy-duty hydrogen fueling stations to be developed by Shell in Wilmington and Ontario, and the expanded use of zero-emissions technology in off-road and warehouse equipment, including two zero-emissions yard tractors at the Port of Hueneme and zero-emissions forklifts at Toyota’s port warehouse.

“This matching grant from CARB’s California Climate Investments program 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.”