Port of Long Beach. Click image to enlarge
Seal Beach, California – Harbour commissioners at the Port of Long Beach in California, the second-busiest sea port in the U.S., have approved a plan to replace at least half of its current port drayage diesel trucks with vehicles powered by clean fuels. The plan specifically calls for liquefied natural gas (LNG) or other alternative fuels that perform better than 2007 emission standards.
The Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Clean Truck Program targets the replacement of 16,800 aging diesel trucks, with the aim of cutting truck-related air pollution by 80 per cent within four years. LNG trucks provide better emissions performance than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2007 truck standards, while providing a 20 per cent greenhouse gas reduction over diesel.
Reacting to the decision, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has renewed its stated commitment to supply LNG fuel for the thousands of trucks slated to replace the diesel vehicles. The company opened its first major LNG truck fuelling station in December 2007, adjacent to the port complex, and will built two more in the port area in the near future. Kenworth Trucks and Canadian firm Westport Innovations have stated that they will be able to produce 5,000 new heavy-duty LNG trucks in 24 months to meet the port’s requirements.