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CARB Preliminarily Awards Port of Los Angeles with $41 Million to Launch Zero-Emissions Project

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With support from Toyota, Shell, and Kenworth, the Zero and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project provides a large-scale “shore to store” plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities to organize operations for future goods movement. Because of the clear drive towards a sustainable future, the California Air Resources Board preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles to support the endeavor.

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Match funding for the project will be provided by partners, meaning the total project cost for the initial phase is set at a little more than $82 million. The costly initiative will be well worth the money in the long run, working to reduce Greenhouse Gas by 465 metric tons and other toxic emissions — like ROG, PM10, and NOx — by 0.72 weighted tons.

“The Port of Los Angeles is showing the world that we don’t need to choose between environmental stewardship and economic growth — and this funding will help put zero emissions goods movement within our reach,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I am grateful to CARB for this investment in America’s Port, as we continue to lead the drive toward a more sustainable future.”

Port of Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles
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The project will be completed in many phases in Merced County, the Central Coast Area, and Southern California. Toyota will play a key role in the first phase, which will work to move cargo from the LA ports throughout the Los Angeles basin and eventually other inland locations like the Port of Hueneme, Riverside County, and the city of Merced.

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“This is an excellent opportunity for POLA, Kenworth and Toyota to work together to both explore and drive advanced zero emission technologies that will play a critical role in the clean trucks of the future,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.

The next two phases of the project will feature the use of multiple Toyota locations, including three stations in Los Angeles and its port warehouse in the Port of Hueneme.