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
SDPTA cites a $5.9 million CEC grant to be matched with $2.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions from seven partner tenants: CEMEX, Continental Maritime, Dole Food Company, Harborside Refrigerated Services and Cold Storage, Marine Group Boatworks, Pasha Group, and TerminaLift. Together the total project budget is $8.2 million.
In addition, “We partnered with our industrial tenants as well as with San Diego Gas & Electric, the Grant Farm and the Port of San Diego to come out as the top awardee with the Energy Commission,” SDPTA chair George Palermo said in yesterday’s release.
San Diego ‘Groundswell’
“Transportation electrification is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There is a groundswell happening in San Diego for switching from gasoline as a fuel source to clean electricity – whether that means making the next car in your driveway an electric vehicle, or replacing heavy duty diesel at our local port with clean electric trucks, which is what this grant will do,” said SDG&E operations support and sustainability VP Mike Schneider.
“In addition to de-carbonizing transportation, we are de-carbonizing the grid by securing more than 33% of the energy we deliver to San Diego’s homes and businesses from renewable resources like solar and wind, and we expect to reach 40% by 2018,” he said.
The utility is to will study the charging patterns of the port’s new electric trucks to help maximize the use of renewable energy to power them.
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Source: SDPTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up