SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board has awarded $20 million in grants to accelerate California’s transition to zero-emission off-road equipment in the freight, agriculture and waterborne mass transit sectors, furthering California’s effort to put Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds to work strengthening the economy and cleaning the air.
Projects awarded funding include a battery-electric locomotive at the Port of Los Angeles, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry providing passenger service between the Ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City and Martinez, battery-electric tractors in the San Joaquin Valley, and zero-emission cargo handling equipment at three California ports (Los Angeles, Long Beach and Stockton).
The projects are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. All of the recently funded off-road advanced-technology demonstration projects directly benefit disadvantaged communities.
“These grants allow California to demonstrate promising cutting edge technologies on the cusp of commercialization,” CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. “Zero-emission technologies help to reduce harmful emissions around our ports and other communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.”
Three projects demonstrate zero-emission cargo-handling equipment:
Fuel-cell powered top loader with wireless inductive charging at the Port of Los Angeles (Project cost: $8.8 million; Cap-and-Trade grant: $6.5 million; Grantee: Center for Transportation and the Environment);
Three battery-electric top handlers and two zero-emission yard trucks (fuel cell and battery-electric) at the Port of Long Beach (Cost $8.3 million; Grant: $5.3 million; Grantee: City of Long Beach Harbor Department); and
Two battery-electric high lift-capacity forklifts at the Port of Stockton (Cost: $1.2 million; Grant: $772,555; Grantee: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District).
Other projects include:
Battery-electric switcher locomotive at the Port of Los Angeles (Cost: $3.8 million; Grant: $2.8 million; Grantee: The Los Angeles Harbor Department)
Hydrogen fuel cell passenger ferry in the Bay Area (Cost: $5.5 million; Grant: $3 million; Grantee: Bay Area Air Quality Management District)
Four battery-electric tractors and one battery-electric Class 6 truck that will act as a mobile recharger in the San Joaquin Valley (Cost: $2.3 million; Grant: $1.5 million; Grantee: Project Clean Air)
All projects will have met required demonstration project milestones by March 2020.
California’s Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projectshelp accelerate the next generation of advanced technology vehicles, equipment, or emission controls that are not yet commercialized. Projects reduce climate-changing gases, criteria pollutants and toxic air contaminants. Along with the On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, Off-Road projects are part of a $34 million allocation for freight demonstration projects in California.
CARB is the lead agency in California for cleaning up the air and fighting climate change to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through the effective reduction of air and climate pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.