Meritor has been contracted to supply all-electric drivetrain systems under its Blue Horizon technology brand for 38 terminal tractors for use at Ports of Long Beach and Oakland, California.
The tractors will be equipped with TransPower-designed drive, powertrain controls, accessory and energy storage subsystems along with Meritor axles and brakes which work in tandem with the TransPower electric powertrain, Meritor says. These DINA branded battery-electric terminal tractors were designed to work in the harsh port environment operating 16-hour days and hauling up to 130,000 lbs. of cargo, according to Meritor. Each tractor is designed to operate for two eight-hour shifts with a one-hour opportunity charge between each shift, followed by overnight charging. The tractors will also be equipped with automated charging technologies, according to the company.
Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled to begin later this year through October 2020. Meritor and TransPower were awarded the $17.1 million contract with SSA Marine as part of the $50 million Port of Long Beach obtained from the California Air Resources Board’s Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facility (ZANZEFF) program. ZANZEFF funds transformative emissions reduction strategies at freight facilities throughout the state.