Port of New Orleans Introduces Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Trucks to Existing Electric Vehicle Fleet

From left to right: director of marketing for XL Fleet Eric Foellmer, Port NOLA president and CEO Brandy D. Christian, executive director of Regional Planning Commission Jeffrey Roesel and director of Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership Courtney Young cut the ribbon on two new plug-in hybrid trucks.

NEW ORLEANS With existing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in place and working toward energy efficiency investments defined in their new Strategic Master Plan, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) expanded their EV fleet with the help of 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-150s equipped with extended range technology, including a high voltage lithium battery pack and regenerative braking.

The systems, developed by XL, enable an estimated 50-percent 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 Wednesday, June 18at Port NOLA. Details were shared in a press release.

“We are pleased to celebrate Port NOLA’s new plug-in hybrid electric trucks which are helping the Port save fuel, reduce emissions and invest in efficiency,” said Port NOLA president and CEO, Brandy D. Christian. “We would like to thank the Regional Planning Commission and the Clean Fuel Partnership, as well as XL. We look forward to continuing to implement projects that help drive energy-efficiency and sustainability.”

The Regional Planning Commission established the Clean Fuel Partnership to promote and facilitate the implementation of fuel saving and emissions reduction projects in the transportation sector.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded RPC funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program to support projects that reduce air emissions and improve environmental quality.

RPC elected to use this funding, via executing the Clean Fuel Transition Fund for Public Fleets to support public fleets with incorporating clean fuel alternatives into their operations to reduce air quality impacts associated with transportation fleets. Eligible fleets could receive 80% of the incremental cost difference between a new alternative fuel vehicle and the gasoline powered version; 80-percent of the cost to convert an existing vehicle to alternative fuel; and 80% of the cost to purchase and install anti-idling equipment.

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