Oakland port moves closer to zero emissions with 2nd electric rig
TRUCKING company Impact Transportation that serves the Port of Oakland has purchased a US$275,000 all-electric truck for yard operations with the help of a $175,000 state grant
TRUCKING company Impact Transportation that serves the Port of Oakland has purchased a US$275,000 all-electric truck for yard operations with the help of a $175,000 state grant. The development brings officials closer to achieving their goal of zero-emission port operations given that such battery-powered trucks provide an emissions-free alternative to diesel big rigs.
'We're grateful to Impact Transportation for exploring battery power,' said the port's associate environmental planner Catherine Mukai. 'The road to zero emissions will be a long one and we need leaders to take the first step.'
Impact said the twin-axle tractor, known as a yard hostler, will shuttle cargo through its port depot, reported American Shipper.
'We love it so far,' said Impact Transportation president Ron Cancilla. 'Considering the grant and the cost to buy and maintain a diesel truck, this seemed to be a no-brainer.'
The yard hostler can run for 12 hours on its 80-kilowatt-hour battery. The battery charges during operations, then plugs in overnight.
Another Oakland-based freight hauler, GSC Logistics, introduced the first all-electric truck at the port last February. That rig transports cargo between Oakland marine terminals and GSC's container yard at the port.
Thanks to government grants, more battery-powered vehicles are on the way to Oakland by 2020. Shippers Transport Express is expected to acquire 10 zero-emission, battery-powered trucks to haul containers. Another port tenant, SSA, plans to acquire five zero-emission yard trucks to shuttle containers within Matson marine terminal, which SSA operates.