For Immediate Release: August 30, 2010
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield - 916-654-4989


Nation's First Advanced Truck Research Center
Unveiled Tuesday in Pasadena

Sacramento - With the goal of making trucks 50 percent more efficient in 10 years, industry, government and environmental community leaders will unveil the nation's first truck research center in Pasadena.

What: Funded by a $3 million grant from the Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research Program, the new virtual California Hybrid, Efficient and Advanced Truck (CalHEAT) Research Center will address the environmental challenge of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions produced by trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. Such vehicles create a large portion of the air pollution in the state and consume about 20 percent of the state's motor fuel.

"By examining the potential of a variety of fuels and technologies, we want to seriously explore the possibility and develop a roadmap to cut fuel consumption in new trucks by 50 percent over the next decade," said CALSTART's President and CEO John Boesel.

Using the Energy Commission's $3 million grant, CalHEAT will demonstrate fuel-saving technologies for Class 8 heavy duty trucks and port drayage trucks. The team will also test an electric plug-in parcel delivery truck, analyze its performance and evaluate its effect on the power grid.

Why: "Southern California is the obvious choice for the first center in the nation to focus on high efficiency truck technology," said California Energy Commission Chair Karen Douglas. "As much as 40 percent of the containers shipped to the United States come through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. As a result, the I-710 corridor between the ports and rail yards of East Los Angeles is one of the most polluted and congested highways in the country. The region is heavily impacted by truck traffic."

Who: The new center is sponsored by the California Energy Commission and managed by CALSTART, a non-profit organization focused on the growth of the clean transportation technology industry. Officials from industry, government, and the environmental community will serve on committees that will provide input and help guide CalHEAT.

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