Port Gets Battery-Powered Truck
By Chad Elmore05 June 2018
BYD has delivered its first battery-electric truck to the Port of Oakland. The Class 8 truck was grant-funded by California Air Resources Board (CAB) and will be part of a three-year feasibility study.
The BYD 8TT truck will be tested for short-haul operations by trucking operator GSC Logistics and used to shuttle cargo containers between their depot and Oakland marine terminals. As the largest motor carrier at the port, GSC hauls 120,000 containers of cargo across Northern California and Nevada annually. GSC manages 200 owner-operated trucks daily.
“BYD is proud to celebrate the deployment of our 8TT truck in partnership with CARB and GSC Logistics to prove that clean battery-electric transportation is reliable, sustainable and readily available for the drayage industry,” said BYD Motors President Stella Li.
The Port of Oakland has already significantly reduced diesel pollution through clean truck programs.
“We are eager to put this truck to the test and be part of an initiative that will not only help us save money, but positively impact the environment and change the future of transportation for years to come,” said Brandon Taylor, director of Transportation, GSC Logistics.
BYD has nearly 40,000 battery-electric buses in service across North America, South America, Asia and Europe.