Description of Nature, Purpose, and Beneficiaries of Project: In response to a joint solicitation of a grant funding opportunity issued by the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, GFO-20-606 Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Infrastructure Pilot Project, which requires fleets to deploy at least 50 Class 8 zero emission trucks and charging/fueling infrastructure to support these trucks, the South Coast AQMD is proposing a project which will replace 100 existing diesel-fueled on-road trucks with battery electric trucks, install fast-charging infrastructure, a solar energy system and battery storage, microgrid, and networking software. The following summarizes the various project elements that will be implemented at the four existing facilities:
NFI – Ontario: At the 2009-2011 South Cucamonga Avenue location: 1) 50 existing diesel-powered on-road trucks will be replaced with 50 commercial Class 8 Heavy-Duty Battery Electric Trucks (HDBETs); 2) 34 Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs), either rated at 175 kilowatts (kW) or 350 kW each, will be installed; and 3) 2.529 megawatts (MW) of battery storage capable of providing five MW-hours of electricity, microgrid, and networking software will be installed. At the 1991 South Cucamonga Avenue location, one MW solar energy system capable of producing 1.5 million kW-hours of electricity annually will be installed.
NFI – Paramount: Five DCFCs rated at 175 kW each will be installed.
Schneider: 1) 50 existing diesel-powered on-road trucks will be replaced with 50 commercial Class 8 HDBETs; and 2) 16 DCFCs rated at 350 kW each will be installed.
No permits are required for replacing diesel-powered on-road trucks with commercial Class 8 HDBETs. For the installation of DCFCs: 1) the City of Ontario Building Department requires a ministerial permit to be issued per installation location; 2) the City of Paramount requires a site plan and electrical permits; and 3) the County of Los Angeles requires an electrical permit from the Public Works Building and Safety Division. For the installation of the solar energy system, which includes battery storage, microgrid, and networking software, the City of Ontario will issue permits upon final approval of Site Development Plan Application (File No. PDEV20-027) and issuance of a Grading Permit.
Implementation of the proposed project will require the following construction activities: 1) minor trenching/soil disturbance to install electrical conduit for the fast-charging infrastructure at three facilities; 2) the delivery and placement of prefabricated DCFCs at three facilities; minor paving and concrete activities to restore the previously disturbed surfaces; and 3) rooftop installation of solar panels and ground-level installation of associated battery storage and associated equipment at one facility. Additionally, each HDBET will be equipped with onboard data collectors to collect data such as vehicle miles travelled, hours of operation, battery performance, etc. The data collected will be used to measure performance and provide assistance for conducting further research about HDBETs and the supporting infrastructure. Since the 100 diesel-fueled on-road trucks are part of the national fleets for NFI and Schneider, they will be permanently relocated for use outside of California. Implementation of the proposed project is estimated to annually reduce 8,247 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and 5.00 tons of weighted emission reductions comprised of 2.62 tons of nitrogen oxides, 0.14 ton of volatile organic compounds, and 0.11 ton of particulate matter.