The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced today that it is launching the US’s largest zero-emissions pilot project thanks to a $9.7mgrant it received from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Southern California Edison (SCE) and CEC have partnered with the port to convert existing equipment into electric powered kit.
Both Long Beach and neightbouring Los Angeles port have already committed to switching all their terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030.
“This project is another example of the goods movement industry, equipment builders, utilities and public agencies stepping up to reach for the goal of zero emissions,” said Mario Cordero, POLB executive director, while unveiling the pilot project to the press.
The project will bring 25 zero-emission vehicles to the port for one year to test their performance while nine diesel-electric rubber-tire gantry cranes will be converted into fully electric equipment, among other initiatives announced.
The switch to zero-emissions equipment is expected to save more than 270,000 gallons of diesel and cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 13,000 tons.