Electric Drivetrains For POLB, Oakland Terminal Trucks

Meritor, Inc. said it has been contracted to supply its Blue Horizon all-electric drivetrain systems for 38 terminal tractors for use at Port of Long Beach (POLB) and the Port of Oakland, Calif.

The tractors will be equipped with TransPower-designed drive, powertrain controls, accessory and energy storage subsystems along with Meritor axles and brakes which work in tandem with the TransPower electric powertrain.

The Dina branded battery-electric terminal tractors were designed to operate for two, eight-hour shifts with a one-hour opportunity charge between each shift, followed by overnight charging. The tractors will also be equipped with automated charging technologies to further reduce total operating costs.

Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled to begin later this year through October 2020. Meritor and TransPower were awarded the $17.1 million contract with SSA

Marine as part of the $50 million Port of Long Beach obtained from the California Air Resources Board’s Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facility (ZANZEFF) program. ZANZEFF funds emissions reduction strategies at freight facilities throughout the state.

The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment. Meritor and TransPower have been collaborating with SSA Marine to finalize the design of the vehicles. 51 \lsdlocke

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