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The country’s first commercial electric cargo transporters come online at the Port of Los Angeles |  News

The country’s first commercial electric cargo transporters come online at the Port of Los Angeles | News

Five American-made zero-emission cargo handlers replace diesel-powered equipment at Yusen terminals

LOS ANGELES – June 25, 2024 – The Port of Los Angeles today reached another milestone in its quest to become a zero-emission (ZE) port, deploying the first commercially available battery-electric cargo handlers in the U.S. The five human-operated electric top handlers acquired by Yusen The terminals will replace the most polluting equipment that runs on diesel.

“Together, we are building a greener Los Angeles that supports frontline communities while making significant investments in clean energy and creating thousands of good-paying jobs in the process,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. “Our urgent work continues together with partners like Yusen Terminals to transition the Port of Los Angeles to clean technology while continuing to support a more sustainable, green future for “America’s Port” that provides 1 in 9 jobs in the region and an economic reach at the national level.

“These all-electric cargo transporters are the culmination of years of rigorous real-world testing and prototyping here at our port,” said Port of Los Angeles CEO Gene Seroka. “I congratulate Yusen Terminals for their vision and leadership. “Our collective commitment to developing this technology has borne fruit and helped demonstrate the commercial viability of this equipment.”

“Yusen Terminals is proud of our partnership with Taylor Machine Works, which has resulted in the production of these first five commercially available high-handling electric vehicles at our Port of Los Angeles facility,” said Alan McCorkle, president and CEO. Yusen Terminals executive. “It is an important first step on our path to zero emissions.”

Typically, diesel-powered heavy-handling vehicles are all-terrain vehicles with an upper boom for loading containers weighing up to 75,000 pounds onto trucks and trains, unloading them, and stacking them at terminals between pickups and deliveries.

In 2019, the Port of Los Angeles was the first in the world to begin testing ZE high-handling vehicle prototypes designed and built by Taylor Machine Works, a leading US-based heavy equipment manufacturer that already supplies high handling vehicles in service at the port. Rigorous real-world testing of battery-powered prototypes helped inform the final design of the Taylor commercial units commissioned today at Yusen Terminals.

The new Taylor ZLC 996 top handlers will be powered by a 650V all-electric battery drivetrain, capable of running two full shifts at normal duty cycles and will then be ready to go after a five-hour boost using a charger. 180 W.

There are currently 215 diesel overhead handling equipment in use throughout the Port of Los Angeles, representing approximately 30% of all emissions from cargo handling equipment in operation at the Port’s terminals. Promoting the commercial use of ZE top handlers is one of the many strategies that are being carried out in the Port to boost the market for new emission-free technologies.

To that end, last month the Port applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a $412 million grant to support the deployment of 424 ZE cargo handling equipment, 250 ZE hauling trucks, and $50 million for ZE community initiatives. If awarded, the $1 million EPA grant would be complemented by an additional $233 million from the Port and several private sector partners, and would result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 41,500 tons.

The deployment of Yusen Terminal’s electric overhead handling device is among a series of Port of Los Angeles programs designed to help meet its nation-leading sustainability goals, including transitioning all cargo handling equipment into its terminals to ZE by 2030, and all haulage trucks that call at the Port to ZE by 2035.