The Press Telegram reports that the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex could start operating dozens more low-and zero-emission trucks by the end of year.
The Port of Long Beach has applied for an $8 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help deploy 140 near-zero emission trucks, according to the Press Telegram. Some of the trucks are expected to be in operation by the end of the year.
In the updated Clean Air Action Plan, it requires to port to set new emission standards for trucks hauling goods to and from the ports, develop environmentally friendly technology and consider implementing guidelines on when terminals open and how they should accept appointments via an online system.
The truck appointment system could have the widest affect on the area outside the port, according to the Press Telegram. It could potentially reduce the rush to the pick up cargo at the ports, resulting in less freeway traffic and shorter lines at container terminals. However, the appointment system isn't expected to come online until 2020.
According to the Press Telegram, since adopting the Clean Air Action Plan in 2006, pollution from maritime-related sources reduced and has helped reduce diesel particulate matter more than 80 percent.
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