Zero-emission cargo handler
A new zero-emission cargo handler at the Port of Los Angeles. Courtesy of the port

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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