The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with SSA Marine and Long Beach Container Terminal, will demonstrate five zero-emissions cargo handling vehicles. The demonstration will include three never-before-tested battery-electric top handlers and feature a unique, head-to-head comparison of a hydrogen fuel cell yard truck versus a battery-electric yard truck.
The Port has approved the Clean Air Action Plan that sets goals for the transition to zero-emissions terminal equipment, in an effort to further reduce the Port’s impact on the environment and neighboring communities. This project will help test the performance of clean technologies that could play a role in meeting the zero-emissions goals. The California Air Resources Board awarded a $5.3 million grant to fund the demonstration, known as the Commercialization of POLB OffRoad Technology Demonstration, or C-PORT.
The Project’s zero-emissions equipment will reduce greenhouse gases, smog, diesel particulates and toxic air emissions, particularly benefiting disadvantaged communities surrounding the Port. The C-PORT Demonstration will begin with equipment being deployed in 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2020.