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New truck charging depot to open at Port of Long Beach in 2024

Forum Mobility will operate a new truck charging depot in Long Beach, which is scheduled to be ready between September and November 2024. Construction works commenced on 15 May.

The facility is expected to support the Port of Long Beach with its goal of zero-emissions operations for drayage trucks by 2035 and is anticipated to meet the accelerating demand for heavy-duty electric trucks serving the port.

“As an industry leader in the sustainable goods movement, we are proud to start construction on another project that will help us make dramatic reductions in air emissions and put us on the path toward becoming the world’s first zero-emissions port,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero. “Forum Mobility’s new charging depot is another way we are helping truck drivers make the switch from diesel-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles.”

Forum Mobility’s facility, located just north of the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge at 260 Pico Ave., will be equipped with 19 dual-port chargers and six single-dispenser chargers capable of powering up 44 heavy-duty electric trucks simultaneously in about 90 minutes – depending on battery size.

Long Beach Harbor Commission President, Bobby Olvera Jr. commented, “This new charging depot will help deliver the infrastructure needed for heavy-duty trucking to shift from diesel fuel to zero-emissions, and achieve our Clean Air Action Plan goal of 100% zero-emissions drayage operations by 2035.”

In addition to the Port of Long Beach, Forum Mobility has eight additional stations scheduled to open within the next two years along important freight corridors throughout California, including locations in Compton, the Inland Empire, Oakland and Stockton.

“With the support of the Port of Long Beach, the Forum Mobility Harbor depot will provide drayage truckers a turnkey solution for zero emission freight,” stated Matt LeDucq, CEO and co-founder of Forum Mobility. “Our staffed and secure depots help fleets big and small go electric – but it is our customers who are leading the way forward to a cleaner future.”

The Port of Long Beach is assisting truck drivers by partnering with the Port of Los Angeles, the California Air Resources Board and CALSTART to make US$60 million in Clean Truck Fund Rate funding available for vouchers toward the purchase of zero-emission, Class 8 drayage trucks operating within the San Pedro Bay ports complex.

Small trucking fleets (20 trucks and fewer) can receive up to US$436,000 for a battery-electric truck, and up to US$676,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell truck in incentives.

Antonis Karamalegkos
Managing Editor

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