Port of Los Angeles Signs $1.4m Contract with Vision
The retrofits would upgrade the Port's electric truck's battery only system with Vision's range extending, hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid system. The Port will initially issue a purchase order for six retrofits. The remaining retrofit orders are contingent on the availability of other grant funding.
The intent of the retrofits with Vision's hydrogen fuel cell system is to extend the driving and operating range of the Port owned fleet of battery only electric trucks. Thus alleviating operating down-time caused by range limitations of battery only trucks pulling heavier cargo loads.
As stated in a staff resolution for the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission board meeting: â€œThis is consistent with Harbor department plans for testing drayage trucks using this same technology and for the same reasons. Improving the battery range will not only increase and extend truck operating time under heavier load conditions but will also provide a viable market option to meet overall trucking company demands.
â€œIn order to better meet the demands and broad truck application across various types of port operations, each electric truck needs to operate eight to ten hours on a single charge even under the heaviest load conditions, as compared to current operating capabilities at four to five hours under those conditions.â€
Martin Schuermann, CEO of Vision, said: â€œVision's technology combines the superior power of an electric drivetrain with the extended range of a hydrogen fuel cell system. This allows for zero emission operations without sacrificing driving range.â€
Rudy Tapia, vice-president of business development at Vision Motor, said: â€œVision is pleased to provide a solution that enables the Port of Los Angeles investment in zero emission trucks to meet the demanding needs of the commercial market place as well as furthering the Ports commitment to improving air quality by reducing emissions.â€
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