Port of L.A. Seeks Input on Zero-Emission Technology from Private Companies

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Mayor Eric Garcetti said today that the city will seek input from private companies on ways to expand zero-emission technology at the Port of Los Angeles, including bringing in zero-emission trucks.

The mayor said his request for the input is part of a goal to transition all drayage trucks serving the San Pedro Bay port complex to zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

“We can only turn the tide on the climate crisis if we work across every sector to reduce dangerous emissions, protect vulnerable neighborhoods from the perils of pollution and rev up our investments in clean energy,'' Garcetti said.

“Our (action) sends a strong signal: Los Angeles is a laboratory for new technology, a pioneering destination for sustainability and a place where we deploy the power of innovation to strengthen lives, secure livelihoods, preserve public health and lead a just transition toward a greener economy and a more equitable future.''

In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order calling for the state to match Los Angeles' drayage truck goal.

Private companies that want to submit ideas should address uses of public and private funding, describe new asset management strategies, incorporate proposals for charging and fueling infrastructure, propose clear maintenance and procurement methods, and lay out a public-private partnership model to achieve the zero-emission transition, port officials said.

“The port is currently engaged in 16 different zero-emission demonstration projects designed to bring feasible technology to the marketplace,'' Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “Conversion of the port drayage fleet to zero-emission technology involves tremendous financial investment and will take the collaboration and commitment of many stakeholders, both public and private.''

Idea submissions must be sent to Tricia Carey at tcarey@portla.org no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 7.

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