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newsrel -- First of 27 electric trucks coming to Southern California freight and rail yards

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 09:57:53
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



March 10, 2017



Stanley Young
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Karen Caesar
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First of 27 electric trucks coming to Southern California freight
and rail yards

California-made zero-emission freight trucks replace diesel
vehicles in low-income communities 

FONTANA - Today, the State of California, San Bernardino Council
of Governments (SBCOG) and partners Daylight Transport and BYD
Motors celebrate the arrival of the first of 27 next-generation,
zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in three
disadvantaged communities in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and

The demonstration truck project is funded by $9 million from the
State’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program and another
$10.2 million in cash and in-kind matching funds. 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, strengthening the economy and improving
public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged

“It’s exciting to see the first of these ultra-clean trucks roll
off the manufacturing line in Lancaster and get to work moving
cargo in Fontana,” California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D.
Nichols said. “Electric trucks mean cleaner air for all
Californians, especially those who live in neighborhoods close to
freight transfer facilities and rail yards.”

The project represents a step toward the commercialization of
heavy-duty, advanced, zero-emission technologies. The two types
of trucks funded by the grant are the most common at every major
freight location in the U.S., providing a model for truck
electrification that could be scaled to any facility. CALSTART, a
Pasadena-based clean transportation not-for-profit, will be
evaluating the future potential for commercialization and job

The project demonstrates 23 battery-electric 80,000-pound (GCVWR)
Class 8 yard trucks and four 16,100-pound (GVWR) Class 5 service
trucks. Three yard trucks and a service truck will operate at
Daylight and the other 23 will operate at two BNSF Railway rail
yards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. BNSF will take
delivery of the electric trucks this summer.

“Daylight Transport is excited to participate in the rollout of
zero-emission yard trucks. We are committed to clean energy and
sustainability,” said Daylight Transport Executive Vice President
Greg Steele. “The collaboration with CARB, SBCOG and BYD will
help us toward reducing our carbon footprint and operating in a
continuously more environmentally conscious manner. This is an
outstanding way to introduce ourselves to the Fontana

“With this project, California is proving to critics that clean
air and job creation are not mutually exclusive,” said Stella Li,
president of BYD Motors. “BYD is proud of its role in this
project as the provider of 27 zero-emission, all-electric trucks
that are coming from our manufacturing facility in the city of
Lancaster, Los Angeles County. Our electric trucks are safe and
reliable, and every purchase of a BYD electric truck in
California helps support local job creation.”

Over the two-year duration of the demonstration project, the
zero-emission trucks are expected to reduce emissions of about
3,500 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, 3,250 pounds of
nitrogen oxide and 170 pounds of diesel soot. The Daylight
Transport Service Center is a newly constructed,
state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious facility. Power for
the electric-vehicle chargers at the center will be generated by
a 600-kilowatt solar system through net metering, which covers
nearly the entire roof of the 60,000-square-foot warehouse. The
electric trucks are provided by BYD, whose North American
headquarters are in Los Angeles.

The California Climate Investments cap-and-trade program also
creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean
technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.
California Climate Investments projects include affordable
housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission
vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable
agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of
these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income
communities. For more information, visit

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