Port of Long Beach announced that it has opened the first two public charging stations in the United States for heavy-duty electric trucks servicing San Pedro Bay port terminals.


The port noted that charging for the vehicles is free.


The Port has partnered with EV Connect, a provider of charge-management solutions for electric vehicles, to provide the stations at the Clean Truck Program Terminal Access Center, 1265 Harbor Ave., Long Beach 90813.

"Southern California will need a network of thousands of heavy-duty charging stations, not only at the ports but all around the region, as society moves to renewable energy to fight climate change," said Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach executive director.


"We are proud to lead, support and help accelerate the adoption of these technologies."


Sharon L. Weissman, Long Beach Harbor Commission president, noted that the Port of Long Beach is committed to becoming a zero-emissions seaport.


"Step-by-step, we are making progress toward meeting the goals of both zero-emissions terminal operations by 2030 and zero-emissions trucking by 2035," Weissman said.

In the statement, Port of Long Beach said in order to tackle greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants, it has set a goal of all zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment by 2030 and a zero-emissions drayage truck fleet by 2035.


The port noted that about 17% of the cargo-handling equipment at the Port is electric-powered, the largest such fleet in the United States.


As a signal of zero-emissions progress, in September, the Port announced that a trucking company partner will convert to fully zero emissions by 2025 – 10 years before the 2035 goal.

Last month, the Port also announced it will receive a US$30.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to deploy the nation's largest fleet of manually operated, zero-emissions cargo handling equipment at a single marine terminal.

Compared to 2005, the year before the Clean Air Action Plan was adopted, the Port of Long Beach has reduced emissions of diesel particulate matter by 88%, nitrogen oxides by 49%, and sulfur oxides by 96%.

The Port of Long Beach handles trade valued at more than US$200 billion.