The Port of Long Beach has secured an US$8m government grant to support its US$16.8m project aimed at electrifying container-handling vehicles.
The California Energy Commission grant will help fund the facility’s Port Advanced Vehicle Electrification (PAVE) Project, which will help provide electric-powered, zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment at Total Terminals International (TTI)’s Pier T terminal.
Lou Anne Bynum, harbour commission president at the Port of Long Beach, said: “When finished, this project will be a cost-effective, replicable model that the Port of Long Beach and others can use to speed progress to zero emissions.
“It’s part of a wide array of approaches we are using to reduce air pollution for our community and deliver on our promise as the Green Port.”
The PAVE Project will design and build charging outlets for almost 40 pieces of electrical terminal equipment at TTI while four battery-electric yard tractors will be modified to connect to a DC fast-charging system. The system could remove the need for on-board equipment chargers while also increasing battery capacity of electric vehicles.
Other objectives of the project include learning about the electrical grid impacts associated with widespread deployment of electric vehicles and equipment, and developing a tool to predict how much energy and supporting infrastructure seaports will need to support zero-emissions terminal equipment.
The project is expected to begin in early 2021 and be completed by March 2022.