Reducing Air Pollution With FAST TRACK Fuel Cell Truck Project for Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Vehicles

The FAST TRACK heavy-duty alternative transportation truck project is deploying plug-in hybrid fuel cell electric Class 8 trucks in Southern California to help to reduce air pollution.

With funding from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), GTI Enegy and technology partner TransPower are deploying five trucks in a phased rollout. The five trucks are being operated at the Port of Los Angeles by Total Transportation Services Inc (TTSI). The project will provide extensive performance data and operational experience, which could help pave the way for the use of hydrogen in other transportation applications.

The FAST TRACK project will provide extensive performance data and analysis from real-world conditions to help assess the impact of broadly deploying zero-emission Class 8 trucks on local air quality in the test regions.

The project received $5 million from the California Air Resources Board and nearly another $2 million from project partners. CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.

The Fast Track Fuel Cell Truck Project is part of 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 cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

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