Mayor Garcetti celebrates Clean Air Day, unveils new zero-emission equipment at Port of Los Angeles

The Mayor also highlights free transportation options from LADOT and Metro bikeshare  

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated California Clean Air Day at the Port of Los Angeles by unveiling state-of-the-art, zero-emission port equipment and showcasing the world’s first all-electric top-handlers — one of 16 Port projects deploying or testing zero-emission technologies.

“Every Angeleno deserves to know that future generations will inherit a sustainable city and a livable planet — and that our air, water, and natural resources will be protected and preserved,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Clean Air Day gives L.A. an opportunity to show what it means to put our principles into practice with cleaner transportation, goods movement, and energy sources — to leave a healthier world for our children and grandchildren.”

Mayor Garcetti was joined by Congressmember Nanette Barragán and L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn to unveil the zero-emission equipment as part of California Clean Air Day — a call for the state’s residents to take individual and collective steps to improve air quality and promote public health.

“Today shows we are making good on our pledge to do the hard work of advancing commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo handling equipment to zero-emissions by 2030,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’re excited to power up these battery-electric top handlers and test them under the real-world conditions of a working container terminal.”

Known as “top-picks” or “top-handlers,” these large vehicles are used within a terminal to load and stack containers weighing up to 70,000 pounds. The battery-electric vehicles are supported in part by a $15 million MOU signed last year between LADWP and the Port for port-wide charging infrastructure, as well as a $4.5 million sustainability grant from the California Energy Commission.

The new electric cargo handling equipment is one of 16 projects in which the Port is deploying or testing zero-emission technologies, including alternative fueling and charging stations; hybrid and fully battery-electric fuel cell heavy-duty trucks; battery-electric forklifts; yard tractors; and emissions control equipment on large ships and harbor crafts.

The shift to zero-emission technologies at the Port is a result of Los Angeles’ bold commitments in the Clean Air Action Plan, including a pledge to obtain 100% zero-emission cargo handling equipment by 2030 and see 100% zero-emission trucks coming into and out of the port by 2035. The Port is currently North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, and facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018.

Beyond the progress at the harbor, LADOT also marked Clean Air Day by providing free rides on its DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride, and LAnow services, while Metro offered free, 30-minute rides on its bikeshare network.

“Our way of life must change to reduce the effects of climate change" said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. “When we walk, bike, or take public transportation, we are making a choice to reduce pollution and improve the health of ourselves and our communities. We are providing free transportation options on Clean Air Day because riding the bus is climate action. Thanks to everyone for riding with us!”