Are new-tech trucks ready to replace diesel, keep California’s pollution-fighting promise?
By RACHEL URANGA | email@example.com | Daily Breeze
PUBLISHED: July 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm | UPDATED: September 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm
The race to replace Southern California’s biggest polluter is on. It’s going to take science, time, money — and maybe an assist from Elon Musk.
At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, an ambitious $14 billion clean-air plan calls for the elimination of dirty-burning diesel equipment by 2035 — $9 billion just to purchase and deploy trucks.
It’s not going to be easy or cheap to replace the iconic workhorse of the region’s economy. About 16,000 diesel trucks tote tons of cargo — nearly 40 percent of all goods imported into the country — from the ports to the warehouses and deployment centers of the Inland Empire.
“It’s going to be extremely expensive and the technology is not there,” Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, told his commissioners last week.
The plan relies on heavy-duty trucks producing zero and near-zero emissions. But that technology isn’t yet ready to carry the full burden of today’s goods movement, many say.
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