APM Terminals Upgrades Pier 400 Los Angeles Terminal Fleet

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A newly upgraded electric vehicle fleet is now operating at Pier 400 within the Port of Los Angeles, APM Terminals announced Feb. 27.

The terminal operator spent close to $1 million to transition 28 vehicles with combustion engines to new, all electric Volkswagen ID.4s. Pier 400 also put in a Level-3 dual-port DC fast charge station and four Level-2 dual port charging stations to help support the electric fleet, APM Terminals said.

The company also said that it plans to add four more Level-2 dual-port charging stations that the public would be able to access.

“Pier 400 is taking proactive steps to decarbonize operations today with proven and available EV technology,” APM Terminals Pier 400 Managing Director Jon Poelma said. “By taking the dream of electric fleets off the drawing board and putting them into the terminal, we’re able to reduce our environmental impact by up to 60 tons of annual tailpipe CO2 emissions. These are small but important steps to do our part … to make the green transition a reality.”

The upgrades, which are part of the terminal’s larger effort to electrify its fleet of about 100 vehicles, aligns with the company’s sustainability efforts and also contributes to the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update goal toward zero-emissions technologies by 2030, APM Terminals said.

In a statement, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka applauded APM Terminals’ initiative.

“Decarbonizing our industry is more urgent than ever,” he remarked. “It’s this kind of proactive mindset that will help us get there.”

By Karen Robes Meeks