For Immediate Release: August 28, 2012
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Showcases
Electric-Powered Trucks for LA Ports - Sept. 6
Cleaner, Zero Emission Trucks Exhibited at PortTechEXPO

What: California Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman and clean transportation industry partners will unveil two heavy-duty electric-powered vehicles at the 3rd Annual PortTechEXPO in San Pedro. Designed to provide cleaner transportation at Southern California's ports, these electric trucks have been converted from diesel fuel to run on electric battery power. According to Mike Simon, CEO of TransPower, the company that developed them, these trucks are among the most powerful, advanced electric vehicles ever built.

Port TechEXPO is PortTechLA's annual event celebrating new technologies in the environmental, logistics, energy and homeland security sectors. Attracting more than 300 attendees, more than 40 sponsors and exhibitors, this event provides an opportunity for clean tech entrepreneurs to compete for prizes and investor attention.

Where: San Pedro Double Tree Hotel, 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, CA

When: Thursday, September 6, 10 a.m.

Why: Current diesel-powered port trucks in California emit significant amounts of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions and consume thousands of gallons of fuel. New battery-powered heavy-duty trucks reduce diesel fuel consumption and pollution, improve air quality for the LA Basin, and will potentially create 1,500 high-skilled jobs in Southern California in the electric truck drive system manufacturing sector. Each truck using this new technology is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 tons annually and save as much as $50,000 a year in diesel fuel and maintenance costs. This innovative technology can also be applied to other transportation areas such as school buses and industrial cargo trucks

Carla Peterman, California Energy Commissioner
Mike Simon, President & CEO of TransPower
Herb Zimmer, Chair of the PortTechLA Board

Visuals: Two heavy-duty industrial trucks, formerly with diesel engines, have been retrofitted with electric motors and other electronics powered by lithium ion batteries for greater efficiency and reduced emissions. The vehicles are both Class 8 truck tractors designed to haul loads up to 80,000 pounds. They are the Navistar International Pro-Star on-road tractor and a Kalmar Ottawa off-road tractor, both converted to operate as battery-powered, zero-emission vehicles.

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