The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will benefit from more than $100 million in state grants announced Wednesday for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution.
The grants are among $205 million announced by the California Air Resources Board for 11 projects, and will be matched by $210 million invested by private and public partners.
“California is again leading the world, showing what can be done when government and the private sector combine forces to drive technology and innovation,” CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said. “The implications for the future are clear. Businesses will benefit by lowering their operational costs, and because all these projects are located in disadvantaged communities, residents who have long suffered the impacts of pollution will benefit by having cleaner air to breathe.”
All 11 projects are located within disadvantaged communities that are heavily impacted by air pollution from freight facilities, CARB officials said.
The Gas Technology Institute received $8 million to demonstrate two fuel cell yard trucks at the Port of Los Angeles, with a partner match of $6.3 million.
The Port of Los Angeles was given $41.1 million to deploy 10 Kenworth and Toyota fuel cell Class 8 trucks, build two new large-capacity hydrogen fueling stations in Wilmington and Ontario, and deploy two electric yard tractors at the Port of Hueneme and two zero-emission forklifts at Toyota’s POLA warehouse, with a partner match of $41.4 million.
The Port of Long Beach was awarded $50 million for a project expected to benefit the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Stockton that will deploy 38 electric yard tractors, nine electric gantry cranes, 18 electric heavy lift forklifts, 15 zero emission Class 8 trucks, a hybrid tugboat, two ocean-going vessels with selective catalytic reduction installations, and other equipment, with a partner match of $52.9 million.
The Center for Transportation and the Environment received $5.5 million to deploy 21 battery-electric Class 8 trucks at four Anheuser-Busch distribution facilities, and to commission solar generation at its Carson facility, with a partner match of $5.8 million.