Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has been selected as a drivetrain provider and vehicle integrator for an electrification program by the San Diego Port Tenants Association (SDPTA). Also selected were BYD and Transportation Power.
As part of the program, EDI will create a series of electric port trucks, and electrify forklift vehicle accessories. The electrified port trucks will replace legacy vehicles of the same specifications, maintaining the same power and performance. Electrification of the forklift will eradicate emissions by eliminating engine idling.
The initiative is being jointly funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) through a $5.9-million grant, which will fund the development of 10 all-electric freight vehicles, together with $2.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions from the seven shipper members of the SDPTA.
The Energy Commission also recently awarded the Port of Los Angeles a $5.8-million grant for a similar project.
Last spring, EDI completed a project for the world’s busiest container port in Shanghai, building a PHEV port truck for Shaanxi Automotive.