LA to demo test zero-emis­sion trucks from BYD

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Two of BYD’s zero-emis­sion trucks will be de­ployed at the Port of Los An­ge­les as part of a $26 mil­lion ini­tia­tive to re­duce emis­sions by the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia goods-move­ment in­dus­try.

The two elec­tric trucks will be de­signed and built by BYD Auto Co Ltd at its fa­cil­ity in Lan­caster, Cal­i­for­nia, and are sched­uled for De­cem­ber de­liv­ery, ac­cord­ing to Andy Swan­ton, di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for elec­tric trucks at BYD.

“It’s a true OEM (orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer)de­signed and built prod­uct,” said Swan­ton. “It will be truly a zero-emis­sion solution be­cause there are no emis­sions from the gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity and emis­sions from the ve­hi­cles them­selves.”

So­lar pan­els will be in­stalled on the roof of one of the ware­houses at Pasha Steve­dor­ing Green Omni Terminal. The 40-acre cargo terminal at the Port of Los An­ge­les will tran­si­tion to so­lar power and other low- or zero-emis­sion en­ergy sources un­der the ini­tia­tive.

Two of BYD’s 1.3 megawatt bat­tery stor­age sta­tions will be in­stalled to store the so­lar power dur­ing the day, and the elec­tric yard trac­tors from BYD and some other elec­tric terminal equip­ment pro­vided by an­other party will charge from the bat­tery stor­age sta­tions.

Swan­ton de­scribed the yard trucks as off-road ve­hi­cles that are used in the terminal for mov­ing and sort­ing con­tain­ers; tra­di­tional yard trac­tors use diesel fuel.

“We are pro­vid­ing a solution that’s all elec­tric and will run and be used just the same as diesel yard trucks,” he said.

Yard trucks op­er­ate daily for two shifts and oc­ca­sional overnight shifts. “All our elec­tric so­lu­tions will be able to sat­isfy up to three shifts,” he said.

BYD, which is based in Xi’an in North­west China’s Shaanxi prov­ince, fo­cuses on three ma­jor mar­kets — ma­rine ter­mi­nals, rail yards and ware­houses — pro­vid­ing off-road trucks used at each of the three lo­ca­tions and over-the-road trucks de­liv­er­ing goods to the same lo­ca­tions.

“We are also de­vel­op­ing a zero-emis­sion on-road trac­tor­trailer solution that will have about a 100-mile range,” Swan­ton said.

A project an­nounced by the Cal­i­for­nia Air Re­sources Board in May will pro­vide funds to de­velop 25 over-the-road drayage trucks. Un­der this project, BYD will de­liver five drayage trucks this year.

Drayage trucks travel short dis­tances over the road and are typ­i­cally used to move con­tain­ers from ports to rail yards or ware­houses, while the ma­jor off-road ve­hi­cles mov­ing goods are yard trac­tors that don’t travel on pub­lic roads.

The yard trac­tors and the drayage trucks are the two pri­mary prod­uct lines that BYD will fo­cus on in the trans­port space, Swan­ton said.

Last month, the state of Cal­i­for­nia an­nounced an award of $9 mil­lion to the San Bernardino As­so­ci­ated Gov­ern­ments for 27 zero-emis­sion trucks to re­place diesel-pow­ered heavy­duty trac­tors used in rail yards. In this project, BYD will pro­vide three medium-duty ser­vice trucks.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

BYD joins Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti (cen­ter) and other of­fi­cials on July 12 to cel­e­brate the launch of the $26 mil­lion Green Omni Terminal Demon­stra­tion Project, which will demon­strate zero-emis­sion tech­nolo­gies in LA.

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