Zero Emission Heavy Duty Drayage Truck Demonstration (SCAQMD)

The Port of Los Angeles is surrounded by extremely bad air quality. The primary culprit is “Drayage Trucks” that carry cargo containers from cargo ships to rail terminals a few miles away. There are thousands of these trucks, and they’re making daily trips back and forth, back and forth, to move containers from the port to the trains. This means a high concentration of Diesel exhaust in that corridor. It also means the South Coast Air Quality Management district has long been studying this problem, looking for a solution.

The trucks have to be Class 8 big rigs because of the nature of cargo containers.

Electric big rigs are made by several companies. The short distance these trucks drive per trip means the daily driving range is short enough to work well with an electric truck.

Electric Big Trucks South Coast Air Quality Management District overview

The SCAQMD is looking to demonstrate zero emission drayage trucks in real world container transport operations. They hope to eliminate 90% of NOx emissions from the South Coast Air Basin.

EV Big Trucks scaqmd-scope

The SCAQMD is working with BALQON, TransPower, US Hybrid, and Vision Industries. All are electric trucks except for the one from Vision Industries, which is powered by a Fuel Cell.

EV Big Trucks scaqmd-balqon

BALQON’s truck is an MX-30 – it contains a 240 kiloWatt drive train, a 380 kiloWatt-hour battery pack (that’s not a typo), and a 160 kiloWatt fast charger.

EV Big Trucks scaqmd-trucks

Here’s all the trucks involved.

Program details:

Evade blocked charging stations with one of these handy J1772 extension cords.


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About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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