POLB Seeks Input for New Electric Truck Charging Network

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A Total Transportation Services Inc. zero emission battery electric truck, which is designed for local deliveries of up to 350 miles. Photo courtesy of TTSI.

The Port of Long Beach is seeking input from potential vendors and suppliers regarding a clean air system has issued an information request to assist in creating one of the largest U.S. networks of publicly accessible electric-charging stations for the heavy duty, class 8 drayage trucks that serve the port complex.

The request, available at https://tinyurl.com/rdhhen4h, asks for information on potential interest to install 100 chargers at up to four pre-identified sites. Responses are due by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

Transitioning the drayage truck fleet serving the San Pedro Bay ports to zero emissions by 2035 is a central tenet of the Clean Air Action Plan Update, or CAAP, the Southern California shipping industry’s aggressive effort to reduce the environmental impacts of goods movement.

“It’s important for us to nurture the market for electric trucks if we are to meet the zero-emissions trucks goal,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero explained in a statement. “This is one of the project’s objectives, and it will also provide an overnight charging option for independent owner-operators who may not be able to charge their vehicles at home.”

“Our environmental programs and initiatives have already cut diesel emissions from trucks by as much as 97%,” Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal stated. “Initiatives like this are steps along the way to our ambitious zero-emissions goal. It will take ingenuity and continuing strong partnerships with the trucking and goods movement industry, but I am confident we will succeed.”

The first two public charging stations for heavy-duty trucks in Southern California have been installed at the Terminal Access Center on Harbor Avenue and were expected to be available for drayage truck recharging before the end of February.

Providing at least 100 charging stations by 2028 supports the CAAP zero-emissions goal for drayage trucks.

The CAAP is a comprehensive strategy for accelerating progress toward a zero-emission future while protecting and strengthening the port’s competitive position in the global economy. Since 2005, the year before the plan was adopted, diesel particulate matter is down 90%, smog-forming nitrogen oxides have decreased 62%, and sulfur oxides have decreased 97%, all while container throughput has increased 21%, according to POLB data.