The Port of Los Angeles will fund the cost of 22 zero-emission trucks next year through $6 million in grants, officials announced on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
The funding, made through the port’s Zero Emission Truck Pilot Program, will provide $3 million each to two licensed motor carriers in the Los Angeles area — MLI Leasing and Performance Team.
The 22 trucks are expected to be in operation within the next year and must make at least 50 trips annually to port terminals.
The ports of LA and Long Beach want to have an entirely zero-emissions truck fleet by 2035.
The Los Angeles harbor commission approved the funding last week. The funding is part of the distribution of Clean Truck Fund dollars by the port, which has collected $10 fees for each 20-foot equivalent unit arriving via truck.
“Developing and deploying zero-emission trucks are critical to the health of residents who live and work around the ports,” said LA Councilmember Tim McOsker, whose 15th District includes the port. “These grants are one step in a comprehensive strategy toward a clean supply chain. I look forward to partnering with the port as we combat climate change.”
Gene Seroka, the port’s executive director, described the funding as “just one of the incentives we are offering to accelerate zero-emission technology and drive stakeholder investment.”
“We have a long way to go,” Seroka added, “but with our private and public partners, we can reduce greenhouse gases and meet our 2035 goal of transitioning the entire fleet serving our port complex to zero-emission trucks.”
The two companies each partnered with a manufacturer for the trucks —MLI with Peterbilt and Performance Team with Volvo.