The Port of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Proposals (RPF) seeking one or more teams of trucking companies and truck manufacturers to demonstrate zero-emissions short-haul drayage trucks.
A total of US$3m in grant funding is available and the port is offering up to US$300,000 per truck toward the cost of 10 zero-emissions trucks and related infrastructure.
Gene Seroka, Los Angeles Port executive director, said: “The project represents the first in a series of financial incentives we will offer to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions trucks.
“We’re eager to do our part and work with other public agencies and the trucking industry to expedite the turnover of the fleet.”
The RFP directly supports the advancements of zero-emisisons trucks to achieve the San Pedro Bay ports’ climate goals set forth in the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) update.
CAAP goals include transitioning the full drayage fleet serving the port complex to zero-emission trucks by 2035.
Proposals for the project will be accepted through 3pm on January 4, 2022 and teams submitting proposals must consist of at least one licenced motor carrier (LMC) and one heavy-duty truck original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
The pilot project will test the capabilities of current model-zero emissions drayage trucks in port operations within a radius of approximately 25 miles or less.
More than one proposal may be awarded a grant and the project and incentives are subject to approval by the Los Angeles board of harbor commissioners.
All LMCs must be Port of LA Clean Truck programme concessionaires and in good standing and registered in the Port Drayage Truck Registry while all OEMs must provide proven truck models.
Bonus points are available for proposals with LMCs that operate five trucks to foster small business participation and economic equity.
Last year, the Port of LA facilitated US$259bn in trade and is North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo.
San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.