Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), is gradually electrifying its fleet of more than 1,100 vehicles. It currently has in service or on order some 26 Ford F-150 Lightning trucks, 10 Ford Mach-E SUVs, 120 electric sedans, 32 electric trucks and 27 electric buses.
The latest addition to the fleet is a Nikola Tre Class 8 semi-tractor, which will be used to move paving equipment, transport construction materials and pull other heavy equipment at LAX work sites.
The Nikola Tre BEV features a 733 kWh battery pack, and claims a range of up to 330 miles. LAX’s Tre will use a new 75 kW DC charging station. The LAWA purchase qualified for a $120,000 rebate via the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. The truck is expected to have significantly reduced maintenance and fuel costs compared with a comparable legacy vehicle.
“By investing in the vehicles and charging infrastructure needed to support a fully electrified fleet, LAWA is laying the groundwork to achieve carbon neutrality from airport operations by 2045,” said LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci. “This purchase not only helps to reduce our environmental impact, but it also demonstrates our commitment to innovation and the future of transportation.”
“LAWA’s commitment to transition its fleet to fully electric is a direct reflection of the organization’s bold sustainability goals,” said Nikola President and CEO Michael Lohscheller. “Nikola is proud to have our Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle be the first Class 8 semi-truck to be added to the City of Los Angeles municipal fleet.”
Source: Nikola Motor