As the state of California moves to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, industrial complexes like the Port of Long Beach are beginning to plan for the future in accordance with state law.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced on Thursdayby 2035 saying that this rule will reduce smog pollution from small vehicles by 25% by 2037.
Unfortunately, reducing smog pollution from large vehicles like trucks and big rigs will cause drastic changes in industries.
However, the Port of Long Beach aims to do its part, transitioning to primarily hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2035.
“While zero-emission lightweight vehicles will be primarily battery-electric vehicles by 2035, we expect our drayage truck operators to use a mix of fuel types, including both battery electric and battery-powered batteries. hydrogen fuel,” the port said in a statement. .
The Port of Long Beach told CBSLA reporter Rina Nakano that it is currently building the infrastructure for the tri-generation system where organics are recycled into hydrogen.
Hydrogen is a clean fuel that when consumed produces only water. By the end of the year, the Port of Long Beach said it hopes to open a hydrogen pump station on site, so heavy-haul drivers can refuel at the port.
Paul Fukumoto, who works with Fuel Cell Energy, an electrical service company, told Nakano that it’s innovations like these that will have a big impact on Californians. He added that electric vehicles are not sustainable as they need to be recharged. Hydrogen vehicles are more efficient for continuous work flow.
“We’ve seen that the small, incremental changes in the air emissions laws have cleared the air so that we can actually see the mountains most days of the year. So you can see that these changes improve health and benefit local people,” Fukumoto says.