JETSI Hosts Student Tours at ACT Expo 2023
With the California Air Resources Board passing the Advanced Clean Fleets rule in April 2023, the zero-emission transportation industry is growing exponentially, and the demand for technicians that are familiar with the new technology is growing just as fast.
The JETSI project is deploying 100 heavy-duty battery-electric trucks in the Southern California drayage market to help educate fleets on the necessary steps when transitioning to zero-emission technologies.
As a part of JETSI’s workforce development initiative, and to familiarize future technicians with the new technology, 20 students and faculty from Rio Hondo College and San Bernardino Valley College’s heavy-duty battery-electric vehicle maintenance programs toured ACT Expo on May 4, 2023. In addition to learning about the burgeoning job opportunities for battery-electric truck technicians, students were given hands-on access to a range of electromobility technologies and gained unique industry insight from JETSI project partners – including Electrify America, NFI, Black & Veatch, Daimler Truck North America, and Volvo Trucks North America.
“I believe the biggest takeaway our students are going to have from this tour, this expo, is just the scope of the industry. Just how big it is and how much it is slated to grow. Our students are really going to have their eyes opened to just how much there is for them and that this is a career that can last their lifetime,” said San Bernardino Valley College Automotive Instructor, Alexander Cruz.
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Thank you to the JETSI project funding partners for sponsoring the students’ trip to ACT Expo. And special thanks to project partners GNA, Daimler Truck North America, Volvo Trucks North America, Black & Veatch, NFI and Electrify America for coordinating the tour!
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.