SBCOG received a $9.1 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to demonstrate electric yard trucks at BNSF rail facilities in San Bernardino, Commerce, and at Daylight Transport in Fontana. The demonstration included 24 heavy duty zero emission yard trucks and three medium duty zero emission service trucks. The project was completed in two phases. Our electric truck manufacturer, BYD, used feedback from the users in Phase 1 to make modifications and improvements to the first generation of trucks. This information can then be used by jurisdictions to apply for grant funds to build charging stations.
The grant comes through California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. It includes project partners such as BNSF and Daylight Transport, LLC, the project demonstrators, as well as CALSTART, Inc. which will provide commercialization support and market assessment of this project.