|GNA Completes Zero Emission Truck Market Study on Behalf of the South Coast Air Quality Management District|
SANTA MONICA, CA - March 20, 2012 - On behalf of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), GNA has completed a study exploring the potential market for a Zero Emission Truck & Electric Catenary Highway (ZETECH) technology approach - a robust hybrid-electric truck platform with the ability to access overhead catenary power sources and provide zero-emission operation in environmentally sensitive regions. The report considers the potential for two near-dock rail yard projects, the Southern California Intermodal Gateway (SCIG) and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) expansion, to provide the impetus to develop and commercialize this innovative and cutting-edge technology.
The study confirms an estimated potential market of 300 units would be required along the Terminal Island Freeway to serve the existing ICTF, with up to 1,000 units required to meet the needs of the SCIG and ICTF expansion and projected port growth. The study concludes that by 2030 the Southern California market could expand to 45,000 units with the use of ZETECH technology to satisfy the requirements of the proposed I-710 zero-emission truck corridor. This market growth would be further expanded via the connection to and inclusion of other proposed zero-emission corridors, such as the East-West goods movement corridor discussed within the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that was recently released.
GNA’s analysis concludes that that ZETECH approach will provide one of the most promising pathways to meeting these needs in Southern California port communities in the near-term and in many similar regions around the world over the long-term. While the market study does not estimate the potential market beyond Southern California, GNA does believe that the potential application of this technology concept on a national and even global basis is significant.
“With increasing attention being turned to the electrification of the transportation sector, this technology approach provides a terrific opportunity to eliminate goods movement emissions in hard-hit urban communities,” commented GNA’s CEO, Erik Neandross. “We believe that the ZETECH concept is one of the most flexible, scalable, practical and cost-effective means by which to not only move goods with zero tailpipe emissions, but to do so in a way that also reduces the operating costs of these freight movement systems.”