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Green Car Congress  /  10 June 2016

The State of California is awarding $9 million to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for 27 zero-emission trucks to replace diesel-powered heavy-duty tractors used in rail yards and large-scale freight distribution centers. The funds come from the California Climate Investments (CCI) program and are designed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), while also reducing petroleum usage and improving air quality in residential communities.

The two types of trucks funded by this grant are the most common at every major freight location in the US, providing a model for truck electrification that could be scaled to any facility. The project will demonstrate 23 battery-electric 80,000-pound (GVWR) Class 8 yard trucks, also known as “yard goats,” which are used to move heavy freight containers short distances within freight yards, warehouses, distribution centers and port terminals.

The project also demonstrates four 16,100-pound (GVWR) Class 5 medium-duty service trucks. BNSF Railway will operate the trucks at two of its intermodal rail yards in the cities of San Bernardino and Commerce; Daylight Transport will also operate the trucks at its new truck freight transfer facility in Fontana.

The fully electric trucks will be designed and manufactured by BYD in Lancaster, California.

BYD’s class 8 heavy-duty yard truck and class 5 medium-duty service truck technology will prove that vehicle electrification is a solution that can be applied today to a variety of needs—not just passenger vehicles. BYD is proud to collaborate on this project and showcase our best-in-market electric battery technology. By deploying these trucks in 24/7 operations, this project will prove that truck electrification can be adopted at any major freight location and scaled for any facility and business need in the US.

—Stella Li, president of BYD Motors

The project, which kicked off this week, will place these electric-powered trucks in disadvantaged communities within the cities of San Bernardino, Commerce and Fontana. The goal is to develop zero-emission vehicles that could replace existing diesel trucks accelerating the commercialization of these and other examples of heavy-duty advanced, zero-emission technologies in California.

Over the two-year duration of the demonstration project, the full complement of the zero-emission trucks will result in overall reductions of 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 3,250 pounds of nitrogen oxide and 170 pounds of diesel soot (PM10).

The grant is part of a larger statewide investment in low-carbon transportation projects that are pivotal to meeting California’s ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and reduce petroleum dependency by accelerating the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.

The project also supports the Governor’s Executive Order (B-32-15) to “upgrade freight vehicles and infrastructure” utilizing “technologies, energy sources, and fuels that enable greater transportation efficiency while reducing community and environmental impacts.” The draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, required under the Executive Order, was made public last month.

CARB Press Release - http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=821


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BYD is one of Berkshire Hathaway's few dumb investments. They showed an electric bus around a couple years ago, but it was overweight in most states and they could never meet the DOT's bus standards and qualify for public funding for transit agencies to purchase them.

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I never understood Buffet's investment in BYD, in that he and his team are clueless about China.

The BYD bus is very good. What's damning here is that the great United States can no longer build leading edge municipal transit buses on its own.

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Buffet is so far removed from reality now that he doesn't make the same decisions the way he used to.  Even his investments aren't done the way they were he started making his fortune. Now he's a left-wing mouthpiece and using his money to promote left-wing ideas-like a plug in electric truck.

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I went to a bus industry trade show in town today.... BYD had examples of their all electric transit buses, but surprisingly, tucked in a dark corner was the new T9 electric class 8 semi tractor...

no literature, sales people were not sure about it and nothing open to peek into...  just photos for you guys.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 27 electric trucks coming to Fontana freight yard and two rail yards

California Air Resources Board (CARB)  /  March 6, 2017

California-made zero-emission freight trucks replace diesel vehicles in low-income communities

SAN BERNARDINO - On Friday, the State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) and partners Daylight Transport and BYD celebrate the arrival of the first of 27 next-generation zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Fontana. The trucks were funded by $9 million from the State’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program.


  •  Joshua Monzon on behalf of Senator Mike Morrell
  •  Jordan Gurnett on behalf of Assemblymember Marc Steinorth
  •  California Air Resources Board (CARB) Vice Chair Sandy Berg
  • SBCOG Board President Robert Lovingood
  •  Daylight Transport Executive Vice President Greg Steele
  • San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford
  •  Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren
  •  BYD Vice President of Truck Sales Andy Swanton

WHAT: The first of 27 battery-electric yard and service BYD trucks delivered to Daylight Transport freight-handling service center in a disadvantaged community within the city of Fontana. More electric trucks to be delivered this summer to BNSF rail yards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles. The trucks are part of a pilot program to test this technology in daily use.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2017

WHERE: Daylight Transport Service Center, 11160 Elm Avenue, Fontana. The newly constructed 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art service center is equipped with a 600-kilowatt rooftop solar system that Daylight estimates will generate 85 percent of energy used. The facility will achieve USGBC LEED certification through efficient, sustainable and socially responsible design.

VISUALS: Demonstrations of fully electric 80,000-pound (GCVWR) yard truck and 16,100-pound (GVWR) service truck in operation – and being charged. Ride-along opportunities.

This demonstration project will accelerate the commercialization of heavy-duty advanced, zero-emission technologies. The electric-powered trucks will operate at a Daylight Transport trucking freight facility and at two BNSF rail yards, replacing the most commonly used diesel-powered trucks in freight facilities. The project is paid for in large part by a $9.1 million grant awarded to SBCOG from CARB 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. The electric trucks are provided by BYD Motors, whose North American headquarters are in Los Angeles.
A BYD all-electric yard truck eliminates use of diesel fuel. A typical yard truck burns 2 to 4 gallons of diesel fuel per hour.

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Electric Trucks Start Arriving at Southern California Freight, Rail Yards

Heavy Duty Trucking  /  March 10, 2017

The State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments, and partners at Daylight Transport and BYD Motors have announced the arrival of the first of 27 zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in three disadvantaged communities in Southern California.

BYD is providing the 27 vehicles, of which 23 will be battery-electric Class 8 yard trucks and four will be Class 5 service trucks. Three yard trucks and a service truck will be operated by Daylight while the other 23 trucks will operate at two BNSF Railway rail yards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles. BNSF will receive its trucks in the summer.

Funded by the state’s cap-and-trade program and other programs, the demonstration truck project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that invests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.

“It’s exciting to see the first of these ultra-clean trucks roll off the manufacturing line in Lancaster and get to work moving cargo in Fontana,” said Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board chair. “Electric trucks mean cleaner air for all Californians, especially those who live in neighborhoods close to freight transfer facilities and rail yards.”

The two types of trucks funded by the grant are the most common vehicles at major freight locations in the U.S. and are aimed at providing a model for truck electrification that could be scaled to any facility.

CalStart, a Pasadena, Calif.-based clean transportation not-for-profit, will be evaluating the future potential for commercialization and job creation.

“Daylight Transport is excited to participate in the rollout of zero-emission yard trucks. We are committed to clean energy and sustainability,” said Greg Steele, Daylight Transport executive vice president. “The collaboration with CARB, SBCOG and BYD will help us toward reducing our carbon footprint and operating in a continuously more environmentally conscious manner. This is an outstanding way to introduce ourselves to the Fontana community.”

DayLight Transport will operate the trucks out of a newly constructed facility that will include a 600-kilowatt solar system that covers nearly the entire 60,000-square-foot warehouse. The solar power system will be used to power the electric vehicles.

The project aims to reduce emissions over the course of two years by around 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, 3,250 pounds of nitrogen oxide, and 170 pounds of diesel soot.


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