New Orleans expands electric vehicle fleet

Electric hybrid trucks at the Port of New Orleans Photo: Port NOLA Electric hybrid trucks at the Port of New Orleans Photo: Port NOLA
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The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has expanded its electric vehicle fleet with the help of the Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets, managed by the Regional Planning Commission’s (RPC) Clean Fuel Partnership programme.

This funding has helped the port offset the costs of two plug-in hybrid electric F-150s equipped with extended range technology, including a high voltage lithium battery pack and regenerative braking. The systems, developed by XL, enable an estimated 50% increase in miles per gallon and 33% decrease in emissions.

“We are pleased to celebrate Port NOLA’s new plug-in hybrid electric trucks which are helping the port save fuel, reduce emissions and invest in efficiency,” said Port NOLA president and chief executive, Brandy Christian. “We would like to thank the Regional Planning Commission and the Clean Fuel Partnership, as well as XL. We look forward to continuing to implement projects that help drive energy-efficiency and sustainability.”

The RPC established the Clean Fuel Partnership to promote fuel saving and emissions reduction projects in the transportation sector. It has received funding from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development through the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Programme.

RPC used this funding to reduce air quality impacts associated with transportation fleets, helping eligible fleets with the cost of buying new alternative fuel vehicles, converting existing ones and buying and installing anti-idling equipment.

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