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TransPower to Power Kalmar T2 Yard Goats

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Factory Installations on Kansas Assembly Line

Heavy duty electric vehicle specialist TransPower and Kalmar USA disclosed a five-year supply agreement as they jointly showcase the first joint-effort, zero emission, 100% battery-electric version of Kalmar’s Ottawa T2 terminal tractor at ACT Expo.

Two views of the 100% battery-electric version of the Kalmar T2 with TransPower drive.



The firms note that they have been collaborating since 2011 “to develop and perfect advanced, zero-emission electric terminal tractors.” The unit on show here was finished as part of a glider program in which TransPower completed the build by installing its electric driveline at its facility in Escondido, Calif.

“Under Kalmar’s new supply agreement with TransPower, Kalmar will manufacture electric terminal tractors on its own assembly line in Ottawa, Kans., using parts shipped to Kansas by TransPower,” the companies said. The first prototype units are to be produced in the Ottawa plant in the fourth quarter.

40,000 Miles of Experience

TransPower ElecTruck drives have accumulated approximately 40,000 miles of commercial use on past models of Kalmar terminal tractors “in a variety of demanding applications” since 2013. For example, at the California distribution center of retail giant IKEA, the companies say, a Kalmar Ottawa-TransPower electric tractor has become the preferred tractor since 2014, due to its high reliability and low operating cost.

The cost of energy for an electric tractor can be as little as 3¢ per mile – if the tractor is powered by solar energy such as the one being operated by IKEA. “For a comparable diesel tractor,” they say, “the energy cost is closer to 75¢ per mile.”

Funding Partners Helped Make It Possible

Development of TransPower’s electric tractor drive system has been supported since 2011 by agencies including the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. EPA, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego have also contributed to the development and demonstrations of the technology.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

Cal NGVC Prods the Los Angeles Ports

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says That Current Draft Lets Dirty Diesels Remain Too Long

Members of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition took the occasion of ACT Expo to urge the San Pedro Bay Ports to develop and implement an aggressive clean truck program as part of CAAP, the Ports’ updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan.

To accelerate the current CAAP, Cal NGVC earlier this year proposed the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan, which it says “offers a cost-effective opportunity, using proven technology, to drastically and immediately reduce emissions from the 13,000 heavy-duty trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

‘Busy Transportation Corridors Near Homes’

Approximately 80% of the region’s smog comes from the transportation sector, the association says: “The single largest contributor to this pollution is heavy-duty trucks that haul goods in and out of the San Pedro Bay Ports through busy transportation corridors near homes.”


Cal NGVC’s Act Now Plan calls on the Ports to immediately increase the number of zero- and near zero-emission trucks “to dramatically improve regional air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive job growth throughout the region and the state, and increase the competitiveness of the Ports and the entire California goods movement system.”

‘An Entire Generation’

As written, the Port’s CAAP discussion draft relies on a long-term transition plan to implement zero emission technology, “leaving room for diesel trucks to continue polluting the air for another 17 years,” Cal NGVC says – “affecting an entire generation.”

By contrast, Cal NGVC members support Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee recommendation to deploy 100% zero- and near-zero emission trucks powered by renewable fuel within five years, by 2023.

Clean Energy Fuels is among the companies that’s long been lobbying for a serious natural gas trucks program at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This photo from the Port of Los Angeles dates from 2007.

“The latest generation of low-NOx, zero-equivalent natural gas engines powered by renewable natural gas exceed the required air quality standard by 90% and they are available today,” said association president Thomas Lawson. “There is no reason to wait to clean Southern California’s air.”

‘A Public Health Issue’

“This is a public health issue – especially for the underserved communities living near the freeways that serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said Clean Energy Fuels VP Greg Roche.

“The ACT Now Plan can save a generation from the ill-health effects of the NOx and smog-forming emissions coming from diesel trucks,” he said.

The ACT Now Plan encompasses all zero- and near-zero emission technologies and fuels, including natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric.

“Near-zero-emission heavy-duty natural gas trucks can immediately deliver clean-air benefits and transform the Ports’ diesel-dominated freight movement system,” said George Minter, regional VP for Southern California Gas.

“This,” he said, “is a game-changing option.”

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

Kenworth Shoots for Zero Port Emissions

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG to Power an ISL G Near Zero Hybrid Drive in One T680,
A Second Class 8 Vehicle Is to Have Ballard Fuel Cell Power

Kenworth said at ACT Expo on May 2 that it’s continuing to advance its low- and even zero-emission T680 day cabs for drayage tractor operation in Southern California ports, designing hydrogen- and CNG/compressed natural gas-fueled versions of the Class 8 truck, backed by some $9 million in government grants awarded last August.
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US Hybrid Shows a Class 8 Fuel Cell Truck

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Joint Venture with Jiangsu Dewei Could Lead to Thousands

US Hybrid is helping take the hydrogen fuel cell into the Class 8 vehicle category, showing a Navistar International ProStar day cab fitted with an 80-kilowatt (107 horsepower) FCe80 fuel cell engine at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach – and announcing a joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials.
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Toyota Furthers Hydrogen Trucking

April 20, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, ports, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shows a Kenworth T660 with Twin Mirai Fuel Cells
For ‘Project Portal’ Port of Los Angeles Drayage Ops

Seeking to show that hydrogen power can play a role beyond the passenger car, Toyota yesterday kicked off “Project Portal,” by which a modified Kenworth T660 will take part in a feasibility study examining the potential of fuel cell technology in heavy duty applications.
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Ten Battery Trucks for San Diego Port

July 20, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Energy Commission Supports $8.2 Million Plan:
Vehicles from BYD, EDI and TransPower for Seven Tenants

BYD, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. and TransPower are to supply seven battery electric freight vehicles for seven port operators under a new California Energy Commission-backed program, the San Diego Port Tenants Association said late yesterday. updated July 21
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CEC Offers Money for Off-Road NGVs

July 15, 2016 in CNG, industrial, LNG, money available, NGVs, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Existing Heavy Duty NGV Gear to be Adapted for Off-Road Use
In the Los Angeles Area & Central Valley, and at Ports & Bases

California’s South Coast (i.e. the Los Angeles area), the Central valley, ports and military bases are the emphases as the California Commission is offering $4 million to support R&D into off-road natural gas vehicles. The goal is to apply existing commercial technology for heavy duty NGVs to the off-road sector.

CEC-logo-since1975-119x107CEC notes that “the state’s most severely polluted regions, the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast air basins, require extensive deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission technologies to meet current and future clean air standards.”

Projects funded under the new grant funding opportunity, Off-Road Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Research and Development (GFO-16-501) “should incorporate advanced low emission engine technology currently available for heavy-duty on-road vehicles.


Two Workshops this Month

“Existing advanced natural gas engine technologies could be adapted to provide this market segment with a natural gas engine option capable of exceeding current, Tier 4, emission regulations while simultaneously meeting the performance needs of off-road applications,” the agency says.

  • CEC is holding a workshop at the South Coast Air Quality Management District office in Diamond Bar on the morning of Tuesday, July 26.
  • CEC is holding a workshop at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District office in Modesto on the morning of Friday, July 29.

“Specifically, this solicitation will focus on heavy-duty off-road vehicles that are used in distribution hubs, including but not limited to ports, freight facilities, military hubs, commodity yards and agricultural locations,” the agency states.

The deadline to submit written questions is August 1.

GFO-16-501 applications are due September 9.


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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Pasha Targets Port with Zero-Emissions

July 15, 2016 in money awarded, ports, solar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Trucks Contribute to ‘a Wright Brothers Moment’

Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, which operates a 40-acre facility at the Port of Los Angeles, is aiming to eliminate emissions with the help of a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.
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CARB $23.6 Million for Port e-Trucks

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Electric Drive, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Statewide Project for Cleaner Trucks at Ports & Railyards

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for electric-powered port trucks, doing so at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this past Wednesday.
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Tico Trucks Shows Propane Yard Vehicle

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, ports, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trucks Showcased by PERC Said to Be a Propane First

Some call them yard trucks. But, according to Randy Sohn, western regional sales manager for Tico Trucks, they’re also called terminal tractors, yard goats, yard dogs, yard mules, switchers, and even shunters. We’ve heard spotter, too.
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