Two non-polluting trucks powered by zero-emission plug-in electric/hydrogen fuel cells will soon hit the road in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The agreement with El Segundo-based Vision Motor Corp. puts one big-rig truck and one terminal tractor to work for 18 months. They will be tested under conditions typical for these short-haul vehicles. Each port has agreed to provide $212,500 from their Technology Advancement Program funds toward the cost of the $1 million project.
Both vehicles are electric trucks with batteries charged constantly by on board hydrogen fuel cells. The cells work best in a constant on condition. The latter generates electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen without combustion.
The on-road heavy-duty truck will be operated by a local firm that serves both ports.
The ports’ Technology Advancement Program encourages commercialization of clean goods-movement vehicles and equipment. Each port has budgeted $1.5 million annually for the TAP since 2007. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bestowed the 2010 Clean Air Technologies Award to the ports for the TAP program.
Vision Industries Corp.
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