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Los Angeles debuts five hydrogen fuel cell trucks

New zero emissions trucks are supported by two hydrogen fuelling stations.

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Los Angeles debuts five hydrogen fuel cell trucks

The Port of Los Angeles has debuted five new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and two hydrogen fueling stations, one in Wilmington and the other some 50 miles from the port in Ontario, CA.


The initiative is part of the US$82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project involving more than dozen public and private sector partners in a demonstration of 10 zero-emissions Class 8 trucks, two battery-electric yard tractors, and two battery-electric forklifts. The project is designed to advance the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan goals while assessing the operational and technical feasibility of the vehicles in a heavy-duty setting, as well as to expand infrastructure to support hydrogen throughout the region.


“Transporting goods between our Port and the Inland Empire is the first leg of this next journey toward a zero-emissions future,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This project is a model for developing and commercialising the next generation of clean trucks and cargo-handling equipment for the region and beyond. Just as the air we breathe extends beyond the Port’s footprint, so should the clean air and economic benefits we believe this project will yield.”


The Port’s technology development partners are Toyota Motor North America, which designed and built the powertrain’s fuel cell electric power supply system; Kenworth Truck Co., which designed and built the Class 8 trucks with Toyota’s fuel cell electric system; and Shell Oil Products US (Shell), who built and will operate the high-capacity hydrogen fuelling stations in Wilmington and Ontario.


“The innovative Shore-to-Store program is helping pave the way toward commercialisation of fuel cell electric technology in the transportation sector,” said Bob Carter, Executive Vice President, Sales, Toyota Motor North America. “By utilising this technology, port operators like our own Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) can utilise a zero-emissions and scalable solution for CO2 reductions, which will contribute to cleaner air at the port and the surrounding communities where TLS operates. This is an important milestone in Toyota’s drive toward carbon neutrality.”


“This significant fuel cell electric vehicle program at the Port of Los Angeles is a key element of Kenworth’s industry-leading efforts of‘ Driving to Zero Emissions’ in the U.S. and Canada,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “We’ve built all 10 of the Kenworth T680 FCEVs involved in the project, and the first five vehicles are now delivered to fleets in California for commercial service at the Port of Los Angeles.”

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Commenting for Shell, Paul Bogers, Vice President of Hydrogen for the company, said: “Shell believes hydrogen offers a promising solution to achieving net-zero emissions both in terms of immediate improvements of local air quality as well as meeting long-term climate goals especially for heavy-duty vehicles and for long-distance travel." Shell is working with truck manufacturers, fleets, governments and others to coordinate hydrogen infrastructure investments in high-traffic freight areas like the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, the Los Angeles basin and the Inland Empire.


“Our hydrogen refuelling stations in Ontario and Wilmington play a growing role in reducing truck emissions in these highly populated areas,” Bogers added. “We are grateful to our consortium partners, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for their visionary support of the hydrogen economy.” CARB is contributing matching funding of $41.4 million, while project partners are contributing the same in financial and in-kind support.

The trucks will be operated by Toyota Logistics Services (TLS), UPS, and trucking companies Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) and Southern Counties Express (SCE). Fuel is supplied by Air Liquide while the Port of Hueneme will partner on drayage runs and serve as the site for testing the zero-emissions yard tractors.


“The vehicles’ duty cycles will consist of local pickup and delivery and drayage near the Port and short regional haul applications in the Inland Empire. Partners will study the technical feasibility of hydrogen-fuelled tractors and battery-electric cargo handling equipment operating under the rigorous demands of the Southern California market. At the same time, they will measure the reduction of nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other pollutants,” Port of Los Angeles concluded.


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