Port of Los Angeles demonstrates hydrogen electric vehicles
The port’s technology development partners are Toyota Motor North America, which designed and built the powertrain’s fuel cell electrical power system; Kenworth Truck Company, which designed and built Class 8 trucks equipped with Toyota’s fuel cell electrical system; and Shell Oil Products US (Shell), which designed, built and will operate the project’s two new high-capacity hydrogen refueling stations in Wilmington and Ontario.
âThe innovative Shore-to-Store program is helping pave the way for the commercialization of electric fuel cell technology in the transportation industry,â said Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales, Toyota Motor North America.
“This project is a model for the development and commercialization of the next generation of clean trucks and cargo handling equipment for the region and beyond”
âUsing this technology, port operators like our own Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) can use a zero-emission, scalable solution for CO2 reductions, which will contribute to cleaner air in the port and surrounding communities where TLS operates. This is an important step in Toyota’s approach to carbon neutrality.
Shell said it believes hydrogen offers a promising solution to achieving net zero emissions both in terms of immediate improvements in local air quality and long-term climate goals, especially for heavy vehicles and for long distance travel.
âThis is why we are working with truck manufacturers, fleets, governments and others to coordinate investments in hydrogen infrastructure in high traffic cargo areas like the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, the Los Angeles Basin and the Inland Empire, âsaid Paul Bogers, vice president of hydrogen for Shell.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is supporting the project with a matching grant of $ 41.1 million. Project partners are contributing the remaining $ 41.4 million in financial and in-kind support.
Other public sector partners are the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), as project advisor; the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which will collect and analyze project data; and the Safe Environment Coalition, representing the community.
Many of the communities that are home to ports and related trucking and warehouse operations are low-income areas disproportionately affected by air pollution from ships, railways, trucking and cargo handling equipment. off road.
Vehicle duty cycles will include local pickup and delivery and near-port deaming and short regional haul applications in the Inland Empire. The partners will study the technical feasibility of hydrogen-powered tractors and electric cargo handling equipment operating under the rigorous demands of the Southern California market. At the same time, they will measure the reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulates and greenhouse gases, as well as other pollutants.
“The innovative Shore-to-Store program helps pave the way for the commercialization of electric fuel cell technology in the transportation sector”
The Port of Los Angeles S2S Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that spends billions of dollars in cap-and-trade dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, especially in disadvantaged communities. .
Planning for S2S began in 2018. The project is one of 16 demonstrations underway at the port to accelerate near zero and zero emission solutions for freight transportation.
North America’s leading seaport in terms of container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles reports that it facilitated $ 259 billion in trade in 2020.
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