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Port of Los Angeles Awarded $41 Million for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Freight Project

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【Summary】Toyota Motor North America is continuing its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology. The automaker is partnering with the Port of Los Angeles, truck maker Kenworth, and oil company Shell to launch a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell freight project under which it will supply powertrains and provide operational support.

FutureCar Staff    Sep 14, 2018 3:43 PM PT
Port of Los Angeles Awarded $41 Million for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Freight Project
author: FutureCar Staff    

Toyota Motor North America is continuing its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology. The automaker is partnering with the Port of Los Angeles, truck maker Kenworth, and oil company Shell to launch a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell freight project under which it will supply powertrains and provide operational support.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project. Toyota reported the total project cost for the initial phase is $82,568,872, with partners providing the remaining 50.2 percent, or $41,446,612 in match funding.

The Zero and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project provides a large-scale "shore to store" plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities to structure operations for future goods movement.

The Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

"The Port of Los Angeles is showing the world that we don't need to choose between environmental stewardship and economic growth — and this funding will help put zero emissions goods movement within our reach," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I am grateful to CARB for this investment in America's Port, as we continue to lead the drive toward a more sustainable future."

"This matching grant from CARB's California Climate Investments program is critically needed funding support to develop and commercialize the next generation of clean port equipment and drayage truck, as well as the infrastructure to support it," said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. "This grant funds a public-private collaboration that is representative of our commitment to being a ‘market maker' through collaborative technology and fuel infrastructure development with industry leaders like Toyota, Kenworth and Shell."

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A zero emission hydrogen fuel cell truck built by Toyota at the Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles, which has become the global maritime leader with respect to zero emission and near-zero emission technology, will develop the project in several phases, ultimately encompassing initiatives in Southern California, the Central Coast Area, and Merced County.

The initial phase is designed to kick-start the leap to a new class of goods movement vehicles, while reducing emissions in designated disadvantaged communities.

To start, ten new zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell-electric Class 8 will be developed through a collaboration between Kenworth and Toyota to move cargo from the Los Angeles ports throughout the Los Angeles basin, as well as to inland locations such as Riverside County, the Port of Hueneme, and eventually to Merced.

The trucks will be operated by Toyota Logistics Services, United Parcel Services (UPS), Total Transportation Services Inc., and Southern Counties Express.

In addition, two new large capacity heavy-duty hydrogen fueling stations will be developed by Shell in Wilmington and Ontario, California. The new stations will join three additional stations located at Toyota facilities around Los Angeles to form an integrated, five-station heavy-duty hydrogen fueling network.

The stations will provide multiple locations for hydrogen fueling throughout the region, enabling zero-emissions freight transport.

Expanded use of zero-emissions technology in off-road and warehouse equipment, including the first two zero-emissions yard tractors to be operated at the Port of Hueneme, as well as the expanded use of zero-emissions forklifts at Toyota's port warehouse.

"Toyota believes that zero-emissions fuel-cell-electric technology, and the scalability, throughput speed, and driving range advantages of its hydrogen fuel, has the potential to become the powertrain of the future – and the capabilities of fuel-cell-electric heavy trucks are a big reason why," said Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President Bob Carter. "We are proud to team with the Port of Los Angeles, Kenworth and Shell and the operating partners to explore the benefits of a true zero-emissions heavy-duty truck platform and to support the development of a heavy-duty hydrogen fueling network in California. These trucks add to our growing portfolio of fuel-cell-electric vehicles as we lead the industry in expanding electrification through the use of this advanced, versatile, and scalable zero-emissions technology."

"This is an excellent opportunity for POLA, Kenworth and Toyota to work together to both explore and drive advanced zero emission technologies that will play a critical role in the clean trucks of the future," said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.

"This award is another recognition that hydrogen is a promising zero emission solution for the heavy-duty transport sector," said Matthew Tipper, Vice President New Fuels at Shell. "We appreciate greatly the support from the Californian authorities and the opportunity to work with the Port of Los Angeles, Kenworth and Toyota in the deployment of a clean alternative fuel for California. The "Shore to Store" plan enables us to broaden our hydrogen offer to include heavy duty transport."

The "Shore to Store" project complements the extensive zero-emissions technology that is already under development for testing at Los Angeles terminals through partnership with the California Energy Commission.

Review and input on project implementation will be provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, an agency formed in 1976 to monitor air quality in Southern California.

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