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Port of Los Angeles to work with Vision Industries

The Port of Los Angeles is entering into negotiations with Los Angeles CA-based Vision Industries for the purchase and evaluation of Vision’s hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric trucks. These heavy-duty big rigs will be tested to evaluate their suitability for short- and medium-distance cargo-hauling operations and other similar applications.

Vision has been marketing its Class 8 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric truck for more than a year and will now work with the Port of Los Angeles to further evaluate its port trucking environment performance. The Vision trucks are powered by a combination of a hydrogen fuel cell and lithium batteries and have a potential range of up to 400 miles.

The port’s Clean Truck Program, which began in October 2008, has removed thousands of polluting trucks from the port and delivered at least an 80% reduction in air emissions while maintaining an efficient drayage fleet.

The Vision trucks will be put through a series of on-road and laboratory tests to demonstrate usefulness in a variety of drayage duty cycles, including different loads, road conditions, and travel distances. Local drayage trucking companies are expected to assist with the demonstration over the next 12 to 18 months. The University of California at Riverside’s College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) laboratories will help guide data collection and analysis.

CE-CERT’s partnership with the Port of Los Angeles on this project is expected to help demonstrate the utility of zero emission vehicles in a variety of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle applications that extend beyond the port setting. The Port of Los Angeles will be submitting a proposal for funding from the California Energy Commission to help support this project. The California Energy Commission has established an Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies.

The Port of Los Angeles will continue working with Balqon Corporation, another Class 8 electric vehicle manufacturer, to demonstrate the use of its fully electric vehicle. The CE-CERT laboratories will also guide these evaluations.

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