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TransPower Trucks at PortTechExpo

August 28, 2012 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The California Energy Commission is talking up trucks from TransPower as it promotes PortTechLA’s third annual PortTechExpo meeting at the San Pedro Double Tree Hotel in San Pedro (Los Angeles) September 5-6.

Navistar International ProStar tractor converted to full battery electric operation by Southern California’s TransPower.

CEC chief Carla Peterman and clean transportation industry partners will unveil two heavy-duty electric-powered vehicles on the morning of Thursday, September 6.

According to TransPower CEO Mike Simon, “these trucks are among the most powerful, advanced electric vehicles ever built,” CEC says.

“Current diesel-powered port trucks in California emit significant amounts of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions and consume thousands of gallons of fuel,” says the agency. “New battery-powered heavy-duty trucks reduce diesel fuel consumption and pollution, improve air quality for the L.A. Basin, and will potentially create 1,500 high-skilled jobs in Southern California in the electric truck drive system manufacturing sector.

Hard at work at TransPower

TransPower says there’s a business case for full battery electric, Class 8 port trucks.

“Each truck using this new technology is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 tons annually and save as much as $50,000 a year in diesel fuel and maintenance costs. This innovative technology can also be applied to other transportation areas such as school buses and industrial cargo trucks,” CEC says.

TransPower has fitted two Class 8 industrial diesel trucks with electric motors, lithium ion batteries and proprietary controls: a Navistar International ProStar onroad tractor and a Kalmar Ottawa off-road tractor. The two battery electric trucks are designed to haul loads of up to 80,000 pounds.

Clean Tech Solutions for Tomorrow’s Ports is the PortTechExpo theme.

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