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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2017 TOPIC AREA: Freight logistics and optimization Sustainability, energy, and health CENTER: NCST

Developing Markets for Zero Emission Vehicles in Short Haul Goods Movement

Project Summary

Project number: NCST-AQMD-416
Funding source: South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
Contract number: 172771
Funding amount: $350,000
Performance period: 11/3/2017 to 2/28/2020

Project description

The potential for zero emission heavy duty trucks (ZEHDTs) is examined via simulation modeling, case studies, interviews and a survey. Impacts of ZEHDTs on freight operations are assessed. Costs and benefits of using diesel, natural gas hybrid and battery electric vehicles are compared for 2020, 2025, 2030. ZE applications are limited in the near term due to range and charging limitations, but as ZE performance improves and prices go down, they are viable for a larger segment of the market. Hybrid vehicles are the most cost effective alternative for reducing air toxics, but ZEHDTs reduce air toxics the most by 2025. The report presents recommendations for promoting and increasing the market share of ZEHDTs and hybrids.


Genevieve Giuliano
Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
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Maged Dessouky
Dean's Professor and Chair, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
3715 McClintock Ave.
Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) 206ALos Angeles, CA 90089-0193
United States
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Tom O'Brien
Director, METRANS CSULB Programs
6300 State University Drive
Suite 255Long Beach, CA 90815
United States
[email protected]

Seiji Steimetz
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics; College of Liberal Arts
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
S/SPA 361ALong Beach, CA 90840
United States
[email protected]