MEDIA ADVISORY: 27 electric trucks coming to Fontana freight yard and two rail yards
SAN BERNARDINO - On Friday, the State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) and partners Daylight Transport and BYD celebrate the arrival of the first of 27 next-generation zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Fontana. The trucks were funded by $9 million from the State’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program.
- Daniel Enz, district rep on behalf of Congresswoman Norma Torres
- Omar Pamplona, field rep for Congressman Pete Aguilar
- Joshua Monzon on behalf of Senator Mike Morrell
- Maha Rizvi, field rep for Assemblymember Eloise Reyes
- Jordan Gurnett on behalf of Assemblymember Marc Steinorth
- Maria Arias, district rep, and Manny Saucedo, district director, for Senator Connie Leyva
- San Bernardino County Supervisor and SBCTA Board Member Janice Rutherford
- Susanna Fernandez on behalf of San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales
- Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren
- California Air Resources Board (CARB) Vice Chair Sandy Berg
- Daylight Transport Executive Vice President Greg Steele
- BYD Vice President of Truck Sales Andy Swanton
WHAT: The first of 27 battery-electric yard and service BYD trucks delivered to Daylight Transport freight-handling service center in a disadvantaged community within the city of Fontana. More electric trucks to be delivered this summer to BNSF rail yards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles. The trucks are part of a pilot program to test this technology in daily use. CALSTART, a Pasadena-based clean transportation not-for-profit, will be estimating the future potential for commercialization and job creation.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017
WHERE: Daylight Transport Service Center, 11160 Elm Avenue, Fontana. The newly constructed 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art service center is equipped with a 600-kilowatt rooftop solar system that Daylight estimates will generate 85 percent of energy used. The facility will achieve USGBC LEED certification through efficient, sustainable and socially responsible design.
VISUALS: Demonstrations of fully electric 80,000-pound (GCVWR) yard truck and 16,100-pound (GVWR) service truck in operation – and being charged. Ride-along opportunities.
BACKGROUND: This demonstration project will accelerate the commercialization of heavy-duty advanced, zero-emission technologies. The electric-powered trucks will operate at a Daylight Transport trucking freight facility and at two BNSF rail yards, replacing the most commonly used diesel-powered trucks in freight facilities. The project is paid for in large part by a $9.1 million grant awarded to SBCOG from CARB through 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. The electric trucks are provided by BYD Motors, whose North American headquarters are in Los Angeles.