Battery Powered Truck Enters Port of Oakland Fleet

GSC Logistics, a major California trucking operator, introduced a 10-ton battery-powered truck in March. The truck has now entered the Port of Oakland fleet as the latest effort to minimize the environmental impact of containerized trade.

Costing $250,000, the big rig is testing the feasibility of zero-emission freight hauling. If proven to be effective, Port officials expect motor carriers to acquire additional battery-powered trucks for hauling cargo containers.

“We’ll be following this experiment closely,” said Richard Sinkoff, the Port’s Director of Environmental Programs and Planning. “If battery-powered vehicles can do the job efficiently and affordably, they can help change the way we do business.”

The Port said it has reduced diesel emissions 98 percent in the past decade through clean truck programs.

GSC Logistics stated that its demonstration truck will be used on short-hauls during a three-year trial. “We’re making four to five runs a day within the Port’s perimeter and so far, the truck’s performing well,” said GSC Logistics CEO Scott Taylor. “Our next step will be to get it out on the road.”

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