Port of Los Angeles officials Wednesday celebrated California Clean Air Day by unveiling the shipping yard’s first zero-emission cargo handlers.
“Today shows we are making good on our pledge to do the hard work of advancing commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo-handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “We’re excited to power up these battery-electric top handlers and test them under the real-world conditions of a working container terminal.”
Known as top-picks or “top-handlers,” the vehicles are used to load and stack containers weighing up to 70,000 pounds. The electric vehicles are supported in part by a $15 million agreement between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the port for charging infrastructure, as well as a $4.5 million sustainability grant from the California Energy Commission, port officials said.
“Every Angeleno deserves to know that future generations will inherit a sustainable city and a livable planet and that our air, water and natural resources will be protected and preserved,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
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