It’s got an exotic name but it’s a simple concept: operate regular-route port-serving trucks on electricity in high-traffic, population-dense areas, solving the battery problem plaguing modern electric vehicles by using century-old overhead catenary technology for power. The exotic name is Zetech, for Zero Emission Truck and Electric Catenary Highway. Gladstein, Neandross & Associates has completed an analysis of Zetech’s potential for SCAQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
“This technology approach provides a terrific opportunity to eliminate goods movement emissions in hard-hit urban communities,” GNA CEO Erik Neandross said in a release. “We believe that the Zetech concept is one of the most flexible, scalable, practical and cost-effective means by which to not only move goods with zero tailpipe emissions, but to do so in a way that also reduces the operating costs” – operators would eliminate their emissions in sensitive areas using available technology.
Deployment of a catenary system for near-dock rail yards is feasible in the 2016-2020 timeframe, GNA says. Counting approximately 1,000 dockside drayage trucks, the firm sees a market for 46,000 heavy duty catenary-capable vehicles in the Los Angeles area alone through 2030 – and says “the potential application of this technology concept on a national and even global basis is significant.”
GNA’s 26-page study for SCAQMD considers the Southern California Intermodal Gateway (SCIG) and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) expansion.
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