WattEV Inc. announced it has entered into a fleet electrification agreement with Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), a freight transporter serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.
The partnership between WattEV and TTSI is an initial step toward reducing significant emissions of particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen and carbon produced by some 17,000 mostly older, diesel Class-8 trucks registered to serve two of the busiest ports in the nation.
Under the first phase of the agreement, TTSI will put into service 16 electric trucks to carry loads from the ports to regional destinations including Bakersfield and San Bernardino, Calif. These initial TTSI electric trucks will be first of many to use WattEV’s charging and depot facilities at major transport hubs.
WattEV is developing an advanced software platform — trucks-as-a-service (TaaS) — designed specifically for the use of electric trucks within its network of charging stations. The TaaS platform helps fleets and truckers meet requirements of shippers with sustainability goals while serving transporters with a viable economic model.
“As we are expanding our transport operations, we are determined to make zero emission a priority. Our strategic partnership with WattEV forms the foundation for meeting our long-term sustainability goals and will help us to continue to be recognized as an industry leader towards clean air initiatives,” says TTSI CEO Vic La Rosa.
“TTSI’s participation in the design and rollout of our TaaS software platform and deployment of our charging network is a significant validation of both our technology and business model,” says WattEV CEO Salim Youssefzadeh. “We look forward to working with them to play a role in decarbonizing the heavy hauling sector in Southern California.”