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Oakland adds more electric trucks

Port debuts new battery electric trucks and charging stations.

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The Port of Oakland has installed 10 new EV charging stations for drayage drayage trucks at STE.
The Port of Oakland has installed 10 new EV charging stations for drayage drayage trucks at STE.

The Port of Oakland and its logistics partners have launched a “battery electric truck demonstration project” as part of the port’s path to become a zero emissions seaport.


“The Port debuted ten new battery electric trucks at Shippers Transport Express (STE), a Port-based trucking operation. The Peterbilt trucks cost a total of $5.1 million and are used to haul cargo within the Port’s maritime area. Funding for the trucks comes from a ZANZEFF grant (Zero And Near-Zero-Emission Freight Facility program)”, the port said.


“Getting these cleaner-running and quieter trucks into service is a major step in testing the feasibility of battery electric trucks moving containers," said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes.


The demonstration project is expected to take approximately three months. The port invested $1.7 million to construct 10 electric charging stations at STE. In addition it built a new electrical substation and power line extension to connect to the charging stations as part of its grant funding match commitments. These construction projects took about two years to complete.


“We’re grateful to the California Air Resources Board for funding electric drayage trucks at the Oakland Seaport,” said Port of Oakland Director of Environmental Programs and Planning Richard Sinkoff. “Demonstration projects help us toward our goal of a zero-emissions seaport."


The trucks will operate within the Port of Oakland, where STE runs a “dray off” service moving containers from the marine terminals to an adjacent yard area. The data collected will include emissions reductions measurements and duty cycle data on how the equipment performs hauling fully loaded containers, which has been a limiting factor with some of the electric trucks tested in California.


“Currently, 17 battery electric trucks are in operation at the Port of Oakland. Presently, use of these drayage trucks are limited to short distances and lighter cargo loads because of range and highway weight limitations”, the port noted.



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