Zero Emission Corridor Could be Operational by 2035
A recent study by CALSTART, a California-based organization that promotes clean transportation technologies, asserts that zero emission trucks could be tested in the next few years and eventually be deployed on a zero emission corridor running out of the Port of Los Angeles by 2035.
The zero emission corridor would parallel Interstate 710, which runs from the Los Angeles port complex northward for 18 miles to the railhead used by BNSF and Union Pacific. I-710 is a major roadway serving the port. It handles 120,000 commuters and 30,000 trucks daily, but is a growing source of congestion and air pollution.
According to CALSTART, a dual mode or range extender hybrid electric vehicle with some EV-only capability would be the most feasible solution for the corridor, especially if it was combined with an infrastructure power source installed in an overhead catenary or in the road.
Before the project is launched, however, developers would need to assure that a viable market exists for the corridor, said CALSTART. In addition, truck manufacturers would need to invest time and resources to develop the new vehicles.