The Californian logistics provider Total Transportation Services (TTSI) has received two Nikola tree battery-electric vehicle (BEV) zero mission trucks, designed for local deliveries up to 563 kilometres.
The manufacturer of battery-electric vehicles Nikola Corporation delivered the first two trucks at the Port of Los Angeles, as part of TTSI’s order of 100 vehicles in total.
Based on satisfactory completion of the vehicle trials and subject to TTSI obtaining certain government funding, 30 BEVs are projected to follow later in 2022, and 70 FCEVs are anticipated to start operations in 2023, according to TTSI.
Congresswoman, Nanette Diaz Barragán stated that reaching a zero-emission transportation future requires bold leadership and collaboration from federal, state, and local partners, along with major investments from the private sector.
“This is crucial for the health of people living in the communities near the ports in my district,” noted Barragán, while 13,000 to 14,000 trucks call at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on a monthly basis, emitting roughly 2,600 tons per year of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions, according to a statement.
Hence, this transportation use case could represent a significant opportunity for California to make an impact on the transition to sustainable transportation. The trucks are quiet, easy to fuel, have no stinky diesel emissions and can reduce air pollution.
“Our partnership with Southern California’s Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) is a huge benefit in this respect,” noted a TTSI representative.
“Production, performance, and maintenance will be the key to our future success, and we are confident Nikola will excel on all three fronts,” said Vic LaRosa, TTSI president.