Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Port Of Los Angeles To Trial Zero Emission Freight Truck

Visions Tyrano to be Assessed
Shipping News Feature

LOS ANGELES – The Port of Los Angeles, which is already committed to drastically improving the air quality at the facility through the banning of older freight trucks, has now announced they are to trial the Vision Industries Tyrano rig to check the suitability of the vehicle for short-to-medium range drayage.

With a potential range of 400 miles and zero emissions, the Tyrano could prove the ideal dock area workhorse for the Port of LA, which has achieved an 80% reduction in air pollution since 2008 and has acknowledged that zero emission vehicles are an obligatory requirement for future operations in the next decade.

“The Port’s partnership with Vision Industries reflects our unwavering commitment to pursuing sustainable clean air solutions for the long-term,” said the port’s Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.

“Our success with the Clean Truck Program has motivated us to continue to be at the cutting edge of zero-emission transportation solutions that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Tyrano runs on a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell-electric system which is, according to Vision, considerably cheaper to operate than a comparable diesel truck in addition to being far quieter and non-polluting. The vehicle is currently undergoing trials with FedEx which has converted some of its Kenworth T660’s to the technologies.

Martin Schuermann, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vision Industries said that: “We are very pleased to work with the Port of Los Angeles to demonstrate the viability of our zero emission, hybrid electric/hydrogen fuel cell truck.”

“These vehicles are 30 percent to 40 percent less expensive to operate than diesel trucks. We expect a strong market demand once these trucks are in the hands of California medium and heavy duty equipment operators.”

The trial will be conducted in a series of practical and laboratory tests that will the push the trucks capabilities in order to establish the vehicles operating limitations in regards to speed, loads and range and the effects on capabilities from external factors such as road conditions.

To achieve this, the port is combining with the University of California at Riverside’s College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), who will assist with data collection and analysis for the trials.