Ten Class 6 Delivery Vehicles and a Class 8 Refuse Truck
SF Goodwill and partners including vehicle supplier BYD said today that the charitable organization will deploy 11 all-battery electric trucks in the San Francisco Bay Area, covering Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
The other partners are the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board, and the Center for Transportation and the Environment.
Goal include provision of “a national model to electrify Goodwill’s truck fleet, increasing market adoption for electric trucks generally, and reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution locally,” states a release.
AC Fast Chargers from BYD Too
SF Goodwill will operate ten Class 6 delivery trucks from BYD, with liftgate-equipped freight boxes, for collections and to transport donations among Goodwill stores and drop off locations. A Class 8 refuse truck will be used as a debris hauler for transporting unsold collections to reuse/recycling centers.
Goodwill will use 40-kilowatt AC fast chargers made by BYD, says truck sales VP Andy Swanton. “The delivery trucks will charge in five hours and the debris hauler or refuse truck will charge in six hours,” he told F&F.
“Diesel trucks are the largest source of unhealthy air pollution in the Bay Area,” BAAQMD executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a release today.
‘Air Quality Benefits and Greenhouse Gas Reductions’
“Electric trucks reduce unhealthy diesel exhaust from our streets and neighborhoods providing the region with air quality benefits and greenhouse gas reductions.”
This $4.4 million project is funded through the State of California’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program. It includes matching funds from the Air District and an in-kind match from SF Goodwill. The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
‘The Future Will Be Electric’
“The future will be electric, but for Goodwill and the Bay Area it’s here today,” said CARB chair Mary Nichols. “These electric 100% zero-emission trucks are built in California, and will demonstrate on a daily basis how smart investments of cap-and-trade proceeds are improving air quality and the quality of life throughout the state, including right here in Bay Area communities most affected by air pollution.”
“Collecting donated goods to create local jobs and take pressure off our landfills is integral to Goodwill’s mission,” said William Rogers, CEO and president of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.
“This zero-emission fleet of 11 electric trucks will reduce local emissions, improve air quality and demonstrate Goodwill’s commitment to improving the communities we serve.”
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