March 17, 2021. Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), in conjunction with both the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee of the SCAQMD (MSRC) and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) are awarding $1.5 million in grant funding for TTSI to add 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks to their drayage fleet. The grant will provide $100,000 in funding per truck and will be used to replace diesel trucks that will be retired from the fleet in 2021.
TTSI previously announced its commitment to switch their fleet to 100% clean natural gas, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in order to help bring advanced technologies to market scale and deploy technologies that are needed to meet our State air quality goals.
“If every one of the 14,000 trucks that call at these ports were changed to zero and near zero emissions, it would have a major impact on air quality in the region and throughout the supply chain,” said Vic LaRosa, President of TTSI. “We hope other drayage operators and logistics providers will follow our lead and make the switch as well.”
The grant funding is part of MSRC’s and SCAG’s match-funding program for last mile transportation to help goods movement providers invest in clean truck technology and related infrastructure. The program’s goal is to spur further investment in zero and near zero applications for Class 8 trucks and other delivery vehicles.
“Southern California has long been a leader in greening the region’s transportation infrastructure to improve the air that residents breathe,” said MSRC Chair and former SCAG President Larry McCallon. “We’re excited to be partnering with SCAG to identify and fund critical investments that will accelerate innovation in clean truck technology and infrastructure for the goods movement sector.”
In any given month, 13,000 to 14,000 trucks call at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, emitting roughly 2,600 tons per year of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions. TTSI’s 65 new near-zero emission heavy-duty CNG trucks reduce these types of emissions by 90 percent. In addition, when fueled with renewable natural gas, the trucks will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 percent.