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Client Description:

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the second most populated urban area in the United States.

Client Goals:

  • Secure funding to develop and demonstrate multiple zero and near-zero emission, cutting-edge drayage truck technologies throughout California
  • Build awareness around a $23.6 million grant awarded from the California Air Resources Board to deploy zero-emission trucks statewide
  • Highlight the collaborative effort from technology and agency partners to accelerate the commercialization of advanced zero emission heavy-duty trucks in the state
  • Develop a compelling grant application with a team of public and private stakeholders, funding mutually beneficial technology solutions targeted to diverse regional needs

GNA Strategy:

For two decades, GNA has been providing the South Coast AQMD with focused consulting services to advance AQMD’s clean air efforts across a wide array of approaches and services. Examples of our work for AQMD include the following:

  • Coordinate and manage project participation and paperwork from a complex team of stakeholders, including five air districts, four OEMs, 13 fleets and four technology implementation partners
  • Develop technical, emissions, cost effectiveness, and project justifications to demonstrate the benefits of various advanced drayage truck technologies, including plug-in battery, plug-in diesel hybrid, and plug-in CNG hybrid, and intelligent transportation system efficiency innovation technologies
  • Organize a joint press conference with the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, in coordination with the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, to announce CARB’s selection of SCAQMD as the grantee for the Zero-Emission Drayage Truck Development and Demonstration Project
  • Develop a media advisory and targeted media list of transportation and energy industry print and online publications
  • Be the on-site media contact for regional, local and industry outlets to facilitate interviews and photo opportunities

Project Results:

  • $23.5 million in state grants secured: SCAQMD received 100% of the funding available from the California Air Resources Board’s “Advanced Technology Freight Demonstrations: Zero-Emission Drayage Truck Project” grant. The funds came from The California Climate Investments Program, which uses proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.
  • Commercialization of zero and near-zero emission technologies: The project will develop, deploy, and optimize 43 pre-commercial zero- and near-zero emission drayage trucks.  This effort will provide immediate emission benefits to heavily impacted communities and support a pathway to commercialization for next-generation drayage truck products.
  • Over 15 media publications attended the press conference: The press conference included remarks from Sandra Berg, Vice Chair of CARB, and Councilman Joe Buscaino, Board Member of SCAQMD and the presentation of a $23.5 million check. The media event also included participants from each of the technology partners, including Kenworth, Peterbilt, BYD and Volvo, as well as members from San Joaquin AQMD, Bay Area AQMD and San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Received news coverage from over 20 print, online and radio outlets: Media coverage included regional outlets such as the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Daily News and CBS Radio KNX 1070, and transportation industry outlets such as Fleet Owner, InsideEVs and Transport Topics, among others.