Electrify America announced plans to install 30 electric fleet-dedicated chargers paired with battery energy storage systems (BESS) at the Port of Long Beach, California, as part of Electrify America’s $25 million “Green City” investment in the region at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Teaming with trucking company 4 Gen Logistics, Electrify America is building on its commitment to provide charging infrastructure to the City of Long Beach to support 4 Gen’s 60 electric trucks conducting drayage operations in Southern California.
With this investment, Electrify America is becoming an essential stakeholder in the Port of Long Beach’s electrification effort to reduce tailpipe emissions from the heavy traffic of drayage trucks. As part of the nation’s busiest port complex, the company will provide tailored charging solutions for a fleet of electric trucks including class 8 Volvo Trucks and Kenworth battery electric trucks. The 30 fleet-dedicated chargers will provide the fastest charging speeds available today – 150kW (Ultra-Fast) and 350kW (Hyper-Fast) – to support 4 Gen Logistics’ pledge to have a zero-emission fleet by 2025.
Onsite, behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS) will be installed at the Port of Long Beach to further facilitate the fleet-dedicated charging infrastructure. The battery energy storage systems store power when electricity costs are low and supplement power during high points of consumption, minimizing impact on the electrical grid and mitigating demand surges.
To celebrate the new charging station, Electrify America joined Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Sharon L. Weissman of the Port of Long Beach, Gideon Kracov of California Air Resources Board, and Rick Duncan and David Duncan of 4 Gen Logistics at a special event along with local elected officials, representatives from regional transit agencies and the local business community.
Electrify America’s “Green City” program serving Long Beach and the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles is part of the company’s broader plan to invest $200 million in California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the state over 30 months. Electrify America will further expand these “Green City” investments, and the collaboration with 4 Gen Logistics, with 14 total Ultra-Fast and Hyper-Fast electric fleet chargers with onsite battery energy storage systems in Rialto, California. The Rialto charging station will serve drayage trucks that travel to and from the Ports Complex and is expected to open next year.
As Electrify America moves to complete its Green City plans in Long Beach-Wilmington by 2024, the company will continue working with local officials as well as private fleet operators, owners and collaborators to implement projects focused on charging electrification for public transit and heavy-duty electric vehicles, showcasing ultra-fast charging technology and energy management for these two emerging use cases.