CARB awards $20 million in Cap-and-Trade funding to zero-emission technology demonstrations in freight, farm and passenger transportation

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board has awarded $20 million in grants to accelerate California’s transition to zero-emission off-road equipment in the freight, agriculture and waterborne mass transit sectors, furthering California’s effort to put Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds to work strengthening the economy and cleaning the air.

Projects awarded funding include a battery-electric locomotive at the Port of Los Angeles, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry providing passenger service between the Ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City and Martinez, battery-electric tractors in the San Joaquin Valley, and zero-emission cargo handling equipment at three California ports (Los Angeles, Long Beach and Stockton).

The projects are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. All of the recently funded off-road advanced-technology demonstration projects directly benefit disadvantaged communities.

“These grants allow California to demonstrate promising cutting edge technologies on the cusp of commercialization,” CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. “Zero-emission technologies help to reduce harmful emissions around our ports and other communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.”

Three projects demonstrate zero-emission cargo-handling equipment:

  • Fuel-cell powered top loader with wireless inductive charging at the Port of Los Angeles (Project cost: $8.8 million; Cap-and-Trade grant: $6.5 million; Grantee: Center for Transportation and the Environment);

  • Three battery-electric top handlers and two zero-emission yard trucks (fuel cell and battery-electric) at the Port of Long Beach (Cost $8.3 million; Grant: $5.3 million; Grantee: City of Long Beach Harbor Department); and

  • Two battery-electric high lift-capacity forklifts at the Port of Stockton (Cost: $1.2 million; Grant: $772,555; Grantee: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District).

Fuel cell range-extended top loader with wireless inductive charging to be developed and deployed by Hyster Yale Group Inc., Nuvera Fuel Cells LLC and partners for Center for Transportation and the Environment's demonstration project at Port of Los Angeles

Battery-electric high-lift-capacity forklift to be deployed at Port of Stockton by DANNAR, ChargePoint for San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Zero-Emission Cargo Handling Demonstration Project

Other projects include:

  • Battery-electric switcher locomotive at the Port of Los Angeles (Cost: $3.8 million; Grant: $2.8 million; Grantee: The Los Angeles Harbor Department)

  • Hydrogen fuel cell passenger ferry in the Bay Area (Cost: $5.5 million; Grant: $3 million; Grantee: Bay Area Air Quality Management District)

  • Four battery-electric tractors and one battery-electric Class 6 truck that will act as a mobile recharger in the San Joaquin Valley (Cost: $2.3 million; Grant: $1.5 million; Grantee: Project Clean Air)

Hydrogen fuel cell ferry will provide passenger service between Port of San Francisco, Port of Oakland, Port of Redwood City and City of Martinez

All projects will have met required demonstration project milestones by March 2020.

California’s Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects  help accelerate the next generation of advanced technology vehicles, equipment, or emission controls that are not yet commercialized. Projects reduce climate-changing gases, criteria pollutants and toxic air contaminants. Along with the On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, Off-Road projects are part of a $34 million allocation for freight demonstration projects in California.