Clean trucks cut California port emissions

TTSI trucks The trucks are equipped with the new Cummins ISX12N CNG/LNG engine. Image: TTSI

A delivery of 40 trucks featuring clean engine technology to a major US port drayage company will help California ports meet their emission targets.

Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) has taken delivery of 20 Volvo and 20 Freightliner Class 8 trucks equipped with the new Cummins ISX12N CNG/LNG engine, which uses 90% fewer NOx emissions than the current North American EPA standard. These trucks use renewable natural gas (RNG) – from organic waste that gets refined to meet emissions standards.

This is the largest single purchase to date of this new clean engine technology of any fleet servicing the Ports of Los Angeles or Long Beach.

“The new Cummins engine is ideally suited for use in the Port drayage application,” said Vic LaRosa, president of TTSI. “This purchase also confirms TTSI’s commitment to taking a leadership position in the maritime industry and will hopefully help the Ports meet their zero-emission goals spelled out in the recent update to the San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan.”

Immediate deployment

“With this delivery, TTSI has demonstrated its willingness to get ahead of the curve on environmental and operational issues,” said Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director of the Port of Long Beach.

The 40 trucks will be immediately deployed into drayage service for TTSI hauling. The acquisition is part of TTSI’s commitment to convert 100% of its fleet to a near-zero and zero-emission platform by 2020.

TTSI has previously adopted alternative fuels trucks into its fleet, including all-electric battery, hydrogen fuel-cell, and hybrid technologies.

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