Glimpse at a clean-air future for Inland Empire trucks seen in Ontario

Source: The Press Enterprise

You might not see the difference in NFI’s new trucks. But you can definitely hear it.

Compared to a diesel engine’s growl, the electric-powered trucks’ whirling fans were barely audible above conversations that took place Tuesday, Feb. 27, at an event celebrating NFI’s emission-free truck fleet, charging stations and maintenance shop in Ontario.

Subsidized by an alliance of state government, pollution-fighting regulators and others, officials hope the 50 trucks, along with the chargers and maintenance bay, herald a new era of battery-fueled big rigs ferrying goods without belching toxic exhaust.

The partnership’s “enthusiasm and commitment have been indispensable and together, we are revolutionizing the trucking industry and paving the way towards a cleaner, more sustainable future,” Jim O’Leary, NFI vice president of fleet services, said at Tuesday’s event.

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Funding Partners

JETSI is jointly financed by California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission ($26.98 million), MSRC ($8 million), and South Coast AQMD ($5.4 million), with an additional $21.7 million from Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, NFI, and Schneider. JETSI 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.