Port of San Diego demonstrates electric cargo vehicles, intelligent transportation systems

The Port of San Diego recently deployed two electric cargo vehicles as part of a project funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to accelerate the port’s transition to zero-emission transport.

The CEC awarded nearly $6 million to the San Diego Port Tenants Association to demonstrate 10 vehicles and other sustainable freight technologies in and around the port.

Five corporate tenants at the port will get hands-on experience with the two BYD electric cargo trucks. Additional vehicles funded by the grant will be delivered later this year, including BYD electric yard tractors and forklifts and semi-trucks modified with battery-electric propulsion systems by Efficient Drivetrains and Transportation Power.

The grant also supports a demonstration of intelligent transportation systems now under construction by Peloton Technology. Platooning technology will enable freight trucks to sync their cruise controls, letting trucks follow each other closely enough to reduce air resistance. Freight signal priority technology reduces emissions by giving freight trucks priority at specialized traffic signals, helping eliminate unnecessary stops.

“This project will offer multiple port tenants the opportunity to see how zero-emission technology can improve the efficiency of their operations while supporting the climate goals of the state and port, and improving air quality at the port and in the surrounding community,” said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott.

 

Source: California Energy Commission