Coupled with Low-NOx Engines, Major Gains are Possible:
‘This Technology Is Available Today,’ the Association Says,
‘Can Be Used to Completely Upgrade the Port Truck Fleet’
The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition is urging the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to step up the role of natural gas vehicles in its 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, a draft of which was released yesterday.
“The draft CAAP,” Cal NGVC says, “is the starting point.”
“The draft CAAP can be strengthened with earlier measures,” says the association, “that accomplish immediate reductions of air pollution and greenhouse gases from heavy duty trucks.”
Port Fleet Can Be ‘Completely’ Upgraded by 2023
Cal NGVC wants to see accelerated deployment of low NOx trucks powered by RNG/renewable natural gas “that reduce air pollutants by over 90% and greenhouse gasses by over 70%.
“This technology is available today and can be used to completely upgrade the port truck fleet by 2023…
“Waiting for an unproven, expensive technology will only prolong the damage being done to our air by the tens of thousands of diesel trucks moving in and around the ports every day,” the association says.
More Low-NOx Engines in 2018
Cummins Westport offers the 8.9-liter super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero engine (the L9N for 2018) now, and pledged at early May’s ACT Expo 2017 meeting in Southern California to expand the technology to its 6.7- and 11.9-liter engines for 2018 – the B6.7N and ISX12N (F&F, May 5).
Cal NGVC’s proposal for RNG trucks at the ports is detailed in the Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan website at www.actnowla.org.
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Source: Cal NGVC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up