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SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HEAVY-DUTY NATURAL GAS DRAYAGE TRUCK REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

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With the help of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will replace 180 diesel-fueled heavy duty (HD) trucks with new trucks that use cleaner-burning liquid natural gas (LNG).The trucks are owned and operated by individuals and companies performing drayage. The average HD vehicle at the port facilities is 12 years old and travels approximately 67,000 miles every year of its lifetime. Without this project, these drayage trucks would continue operating in the greater Los Angeles area for many more years before they would be retired under fleet rules set by the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

The LNG-fueled replacement trucks will routinely perform the same drayage service in South Coast Air Basin communities highly impacted by poor air quality. The trucks will make daily trips between the ports and intermodal distribution facilities, traveling along major goods movement routes that include I-710 and I-110. Both of these interstate highways are regional priorities for mitigation of heavy-duty truck emissions.

The LNG-powered replacements will be similar to the trucks they replace with regard to type, gross vehicle weight rating, annual vehicle-miles traveled, and drayage function. They will be either Freightliners or Kenworths and will be equipped with commercially available Cummins-Westport or Westport natural gas engines, which are certified by the US EPA and CARB, and meet the applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

Grant Amount

$5,142,000 from the Energy Commission, with an additional $9,408,389 in ARRA stumulus funding from the federal government.

Match Funding

$8,000,000

Total Project Cost:

$13,142,000

Project Benefits

By replacing approximately 180 existing diesel trucks with LNG trucks, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will displace an estimated 8,200 gallons of diesel per truck annually and this amounts is nearly 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel saved annually. Assuming that each replacement truck is driven 112 miles daily, 5 days a week, the change out will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 168 tons of CO2 each year. The project will also reduce pollution from carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, Nitrogen Oxide and PM 2.5. In the first two years, the project is expected to create 152 US jobs for alternative-fueled vehicle manufacturers, vehicle dealerships, truck operators, and mechanics.

Grant Agreement Number: 600-10-013

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