In collaboration with trucking company 4 Gen Logistics, Electrify America is building on its commitment to provide charging infrastructure to the City of Long Beach to support 4 Gen’s 60 electric trucks conducting drayage operations in Southern California.
With this investment, Electrify America aims to become an essential stakeholder in the Port of Long Beach’s electrification effort to reduce tailpipe emissions from heavy truck traffic. The company will provide tailored charging solutions for a fleet of electric trucks including class 8 Volvo Trucks and Kenworth battery electric trucks. The 30 fleet-dedicated chargers will provide fast speeds of 150kW (Ultra-Fast) and 350kW (Hyper-Fast) in support of 4 Gen Logistics’ pledge to have a zero-emission fleet by 2025.
Behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS) will be installed at the Port of Long Beach to further facilitate the fleet-dedicated charging infrastructure. The battery energy storage systems store power when electricity costs are low and supplement power during high points of consumption, minimising impact on the electrical grid and mitigating demand surges.
“We can have a tremendous impact by bringing electric vehicle charging technology and zero emissions trucks together to provide a more sustainable way to transport shipping containers to and from the Long Beach Port” said Rachel Moses, director of Commercial Services, Green Cities & Business Development at Electrify America. “We are grateful to 4 Gen Logistics and the City of Long Beach for supporting us in this effort to ensure a better transportation future for all in the region.”
To celebrate the new charging station, Electrify America joined Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Sharon L. Weissman of the Port of Long Beach, Gideon Kracov of California Air Resources Board, and Rick Duncan and David Duncan of 4 Gen Logistics at a special event along with local elected officials, representatives from regional transit agencies and the local business community.
Electrify America’s “Green City” program serving Long Beach and the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles is part of the company’s broader plan to invest $200 million in California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the state over 30 months.
Electrify America will further expand these “Green City” investments, and the collaboration with 4 Gen Logistics, with 14 total Ultra-Fast and Hyper-Fast electric fleet chargers with onsite battery energy storage systems in Rialto, California. The Rialto charging station will serve drayage trucks that travel to and from the Ports Complex and is expected to open next year.
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