Monday, December 20, 2010

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Zero-emission trucks to debut in Southern Cal

Two new nonpolluting trucks powered by zero-emissions plug-in electric/hydrogen fuel cells soon will hit the road in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in a demonstration of the green technology, the ports announced Thursday, Dec. 16.

In an agreement with El Segundo-based Vision Motor Corp., one big-rig truck and one terminal tractor will be put to work for 18 months, with an anticipated start in early 2011. They will be tested under typical conditions for these short-haul vehicles. Each port has agreed to provide $212,500 from their Technology Advancement Program funds toward the cost of the $1 million project.

The on-road heavy-duty truck will be operated by Total Transportation Services Inc., a local trucking firm that serves both ports. The yard tractor will be operated on the property of California Cartage Express, another local trucking firm. Both vehicles are electric trucks, with batteries recharged by hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cell generates electricity from a reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. There is no combustion and no air pollution.

-Commercial Carrier News

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