TTSI's First Zero-Emission Class 8 Hydrogen Truck
EL SEGUNDO, California -- The Port of Long Beach and Vision Motor Corporation of El Segundo, California have entered into an agreement to develop and demonstrate one (1) hydrogen fuel cell/plug-in electric TYRANO(TM) class 8 on-road truck and one (1) hydrogen fuel cell/plug-in electric zero-emission terminal tractor (ZETT), which is produced jointly by Vision and Capacity of Texas. Vision's zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles will be tested to evaluate their suitability for short distance cargo-hauling ("drayage") and terminal operations.
Vision trucks will be put into service and evaluated by Cal Cartage and TTSI, two trucking companies that operate at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles. Robert Curry, President of California Cartage Company, said: "Zero-emission is a laudable goal, if it can be coupled with the power to handle heavy-duty drayage, it could make these new trucks a valuable addition to any fleet. We are pleased to have been selected to test the capabilities of these tractors." Vic La Rosa, President of TTSI offers this statement: "TTSI has always been and will continue to be leading edge when it comes to the introduction and use of new clean technology. We are extremely excited about the Vision's zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle. We believe that port cities located in the middle of major population areas will greatly benefit from this technology."
The Port of Long Beach is contributing $425,000 to assist in the project development and demonstration. The Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners is planning to consider cost-sharing this demonstration project in the amount of $212,500 at an upcoming board meeting. Vision CEO and President Martin Schuermann stated: "We are very excited to add the Port of Long Beach to our list of demonstration partners for our Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Trucks. Together with Cal Cartage and TTSI, we will be able to expose these exciting trucks to a large base of potential users and customers."
Stated Phillip Ford, President Capacity of Texas, "Capacity is the leader in the Terminal Tractor industry with environmentally friendly products. The world's first Pluggable Hybrid Terminal Truck (PHETT(R)) was introduced in 2009 and has been recognized as the most innovative new product in the terminal truck industry in the last 20 years. The Zero Emission Terminal Truck (ZETT(TM)) will be based on the PHETT's platform. The ZETT(TM) will be the only zero emission terminal truck that will meet the demanding environment and duty cycle of a terminal truck and have zero emissions. We have thousands of trucks in Southern California and are pleased to work with Vision Motor Corporation to provide this zero emission terminal truck to the Port of Long Beach."