A fleet of 27 electric trucks has been commissioned for a joint venture between the California Air Resources Board, San Bernardino Council of Governments and Daylight Transport.

The deal sees BYD supplying 23 Class 8 yard trucks and four Class 5 service trucks as part of California’s cap-and-trade program.

“With this project, California is proving to critics that clean air and job creation are not mutually exclusive,” said Stella Li, president of BYD Motors.

“BYD is proud of its role in this project as the provider of 27 zero-emission, all-electric trucks that are coming from our manufacturing facility in the City of Lancaster, Los Angeles County. Our electric trucks are safe and reliable, and every purchase of a BYD electric truck in California helps support local job creation.”

The yard trucks are the most commonly used heavy duty vehicles for cargo handling in the freight industry. Conventional yard trucks are powered by diesel engines that operate round the clock at ports, railyards, and warehouses that are located within or adjacent to residential areas.

The service trucks are diesel-powered medium duty trucks that are used to service all of the cargo handling equipment at freight facilities, including yard trucks. The battery-electric alternatives demonstrated in this project are 100% zero-emission and will provide meaningful emissions reductions that will benefit both public health and climate change.

Three yard trucks and a service truck will operate at Daylight Transport’s facility in the City of Fontana, near Los Angeles, with the remaining 23 trucks planned for operation at two BNSF Railway yards in San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.