The Gateway Cities Council of Governments in Partnership with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) awarded $688,850 from the U.S. Department of Energy
Friday, March 03, 2023
The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (GCCOG), under the leadership of The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), is one of seven recipients nationwide of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to accelerate the formation of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) corridors by expanding critical charging infrastructure to support the growing fleet of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles and reduce the air pollution caused by goods movement that disproportionately burdens frontline communities.
In a DOE news release announcing the $688,850 award to LACI, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M.Granholm said, “A clean transportation sector requires vast investments across the entireindustry, including to decarbonize the trucks that move our goods and building more chargingports to get those trucks from coast to coast. President Biden’s historic clean energy laws aremaking it possible for us to get more EVs on the road by expanding charging infrastructureinto underserved communities, while reducing range and cost anxiety among drivers whowant to go electric.”
LACI’s successful DOE application is entitled First to Last Mile: Creating an Integrated Goods Movement Charging Network around the I-710 Corridor. To support the electrification of drayage and delivery trucks, LACI, with the support of its partners, will create a regional investment plan that will build innovative structure solutions at industrial sites and commercial zones along the I-710 freeway.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with LACI, CE-CERT, and our community residents represented by East Yards to enable greater use of zero-emission trucks to move freight through the Gateway Cities,” Nancy Pfeffer, Executive Director of Gateway Cities Council of Governments.
GCCOG represents several cities that are situated along the I-710 corridor; the funding from this grant will advance environmental resilience by reducing the carbon emissions and noise pollution from the freeway that continues to have a negative impact on the residents of these cities. The COG is excited and ready to collaborate with LACI along with the other partners, UC Riverside College of Engineering -- Center for Environmental Research and Technology (UC-Riverside CE-CERT), and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice to expand the use of heavy-duty electric vehicles and improve conditions along the I-710 corridor.
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