The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) fleet with the help of grant funding. Port NOLA has existing EV charging infrastructure in place and is working toward energy efficiency investments.
Funding came from the Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets, managed by the Regional Planning Commission’s (RPC) Clean Fuel Partnership program. This funding helped the port offset the costs of two plug-in hybrid electric F-150 trucks equipped with extended range technology, including a high-voltage lithium battery pack and regenerative braking.
The systems, developed by XL, enable an estimated 50% increase in miles per gallon and 33% decrease in emissions. Project partners celebrated this innovative clean transportation project at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on June 18 at Port NOLA.