Earlier this year, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach received approval for a shared hydrogen fuel cell truck that will be used for demonstration purposes as a part of their joint Technology Advancement Program. The truck was delivered by Vision Industries July 22, marking the use of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell truck.
The investment is made by Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), which wants to increase its investment in the clean energy vehicles. The hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty Tyrano trucks produce zero emissions. The purchase for the fleet of 100 totals $27 million, and Total Transportation Services hopes to purchase an additional 300 trucks, making the sum of its contract $108 million.
“We are pleased to see such demand from a trucking company of TTSI’s caliber,” said Martin Schuermann, chief executive officer of Vision Industries Corp. “It underlines our assumptions that there are multiple commercial applications for our hydrogen-powered, zero-emission big rigs in today’s trucking industry.”
The demonstration testing will include using the truck for commercial revenue purposes, including typical drayage operations, such as hauling freight containers from port terminals in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to rail yards and other distribution facilities.
“Up and above the benefit of zero emissions, we at TTSI feel that this fuel format is the only true way to break our dependence on imported fuel,” noted Vic La Rose, president of TTSI. “Hydrogen is the most abundant resource on the planet.”
The Technology Advancement Program encourages the commercialization of clean goods movement vehicles and equipment and has invested $1.5 million annually for the program since 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the ports the 2010 Clean Air Technologies Award for their participation in the program.
“Our partnership with Vision Industries reflects our commitment to bring promising zero-emission transportation solutions to market,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz earlier this year. “It’s these types of vehicles that will help us significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”