California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage by 50% by 2030. He has tasked the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to collectively “develop an integrated action plan by July 2016 that establishes clear targets to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness of California’s freight system.”
It is expected much of this freight plan will be focused on maritime operations and drayage trucks. Here we go again!
Fact: Trucks serving California’s ports are already required to be the newest and cleanest in the state’s good movement network.
Fact: Container ships calling California’s ports are already required to use ultra-low sulphur fuel and plug into shoreside power while at dock.
Fact: Technology to achieve zero-emission trucks is not yet viable. Electric trucks have an 80-mile radius and fuel cell trucks have a 200-mile radius.