Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach operating next-gen electric trucks

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The next generation of electric trucks have hit the docks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where Golden State Express has begun hauling goods with zero-emissions trucks from Chinese automaker BYD.

The trucks will be primarily used for short-distance hauls.

Second generation vehicles are more powerful, possess higher torque, increased range, and improved comfort for drivers than their predecessors. Operator feedback was also instrumental in the development of the 8Y tractor earlier this year. First generation 8Y yard tractors have been in use at railyards near the port since early 2018, and 14 second generation 8Y tractors were delivered in April.

“We applaud the Harbor Trucking Association for supporting the transition to zero-emission truck technology,” BYD Director of Business Development John Gerra said, referring to the trade group representing Golden State Express, which facilitated the acquisition of the trucks.

First generation BYD 8TT Class 8 trucks have participated in heavy-duty port operations with GSC Logistics in the Port of Oakland for the past 18 months. The second generation of those trucks operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long beach were designed by BYD with feedback from Oakland operators.

“Their use of battery electric trucks will move the industry forward,” Gerra said.

This article has been updated. 

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