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STATUS: In Progress 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

Funding source: South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
Funding amount: $350,000
Contract number: 172771
Start and end dates: 11/3/2017 to 2/28/2020


Project description

Zero-emission and near-zero emission trucks in goods movement face many challenges in achieving a meaningful market penetration, including limited range and long refueling time to compete with conventional diesel trucks. The researchers will examine the potential for zero-emission and near-zero emission truck technologies from both economic and environmental perspectives, focusing on their use in short-haul drayage service. This project will be completed in two phases. In Phase 1, researchers will use simulation models to estimate the impacts of using zero emission vehicles relative to conventional diesel trucks, and estimate the purchase and operation costs for various scenarios to identify the best potential markets. In Phase 2, researchers will use the results from Phase 1 to evaluate policies and develop recommendations to promote zero and near-zero emission trucks, including direct subsidies and revenue sources to support them as well as other financial and regulatory incentives. Researchers will use over 60 SCAQMD electric and hybrid electric drayage trucks as demonstration vehicles for this project.



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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