Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles.

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by Ringo Chiu.

In celebration of California Clean Air Day, Mayor Eric Garcetti took to the Port of Los Angeles Oct. 2 to unveil one of 16 zero-emission technology projects for the port.

The battery-electric vehicles are supported by a $15 million memorandum of understanding and a $4.5 million sustainability grant from the California Energy Commission.

“Clean Air Day gives L.A. an opportunity to show what it means to put our principles into practice with cleaner transportation, goods movement, and energy sources — to leave a healthier world for our children and grandchildren,” Garcetti said in a statement.

The port equipment includes the world’s first all-electric top handlers, which will be used in a terminal to load and stack containers weighing up to 70,000 pounds.

“Today shows we are making good on our pledge to do the hard work of advancing commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo handling equipment to zero-emissions by 2030,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a statement.

The technology is a product of Los Angeles’ Clean Air Action Plan, which was adopted in November 2017 and aspires to clean up pollution caused by port activities.

Among the new electric cargo handling equipment are plans to fully implement alternative fueling and charging stations, hybrid and full-battery electric fuel cell heavy-duty trucks, and emissions-control equipment on large ships and harbor crafts.

Garcetti signed a joint declaration with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia in 2017 setting zero-emission goals for both cities' ports.

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