California Invests More Than $20 Million In Cleaner Port Trucks
Diesel Hybrid, Full Electric Drayage Trucks To Be Deployed at Ports
Trucks used for short-haul freight at our nation’s ports represent a relatively small percentage of the overall heavy truck fleet across the country. However, these trucks, by nature of their usage, are disproportionate polluters, according to a report from Trucks.com. So-called “Drayage,” or short-haul freight trucks, are typically older than Class-8 long-haul trucks, and many haven’t been updated with more modern emissions control equipment. To help clean up pollution in its ports, the state of California is budgeting $23.6 million in incentives to encourage port operators to invest in cleaner short-haul trucks.
Among the manufacturers involved in the project include Mack Trucks, a division of Volvo Trucks, Peterbilt, Kenworth, and China-based BYD Motors. Volvo has developed a plug-in diesel-hybrid truck that has a 10-mile all-electric range for operating in-port or in areas with heavy air pollution. BYD will build a fully electric short-haul truck as part of the project.
California has among the strictest environmental and air quality standards in the U.S., if not globally. The state’s high population density along the coast, along with having the ports closest to China, make it a critical trade destination and gateway. California’s environmental policy also has far-reaching influence, as 13 other states have effectively adopted its emissions standards for passenger cars. Although federal law and regulation typically supersedes state-level regulation, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) predates the federal Environmental Protection Agency, giving it a unique distinction among state regulatory bodies.