New Zero-Emissions Tractors in Use at Port of Long Beach’s Pier G

New zero-emissions cargo-handling tractors are being tested at Pier G at the Port of Long Beach, it was announced earlier this month.

For one year, International Transportation Service will conduct demonstrations on seven BYD battery-electric yard tractors, which are being operated by ILWU members. Southern California Edison has also made $450,000 worth of upgraded infrastructure to support port electrical equipment.

“ITS is proud to participate in this Port of Long Beach demonstration featuring zero-emission technologies and concepts that will play a vital role in our industry’s future,” said ITS Chief Operating Officer Sean Lindsay. “In line with ITS’ company priorities, we’re continuing to take the proper steps in reducing our carbon footprint for the benefit of our waterfront community and goods movement.”

The $13.7 million project is funded in part by a $9.7 million California Energy Commission grant, which will be used to develop 21 new or upgraded electric cargo-handling vehicles. The money will also help toward the port’s larger effort of having a zero-emissions cargo handling fleet by 2030.

“We need equipment that can make it through an entire shift, with recharging during breaks,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “That’s one of the requirements for zero-emissions equipment to demonstrate that it can function in a real-world environment. Alongside partners like ITS, we are leading the industry to a more sustainable future.”

By Sarah Spangler