Electrified transportation, autonomous vehicles, and shared mobility were some of the highlights of this year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
The annual conference and exhibit hall is targeted at fleets and freight movers, and it coincided with two major announcements in the state. The California Sustainable Freight Action Plan was released Tuesday in draft form with a two-month comment period. It calls for the launch of more than 100,000 zero- and near-zero emissions trucks and other freight-moving equipment throughout the state by 2030.
On Wednesday, the state awarded $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for a zero-emission drayage truck development and demonstration project. It will bring 43 battery electric and plug-in hybrid drayage trucks to major California ports. California Air Resources Board Vice Chair Sandy Berg and L.A. City Councilman and SCAQMD Board Member Joe Buscaino spoke about it during a presentation of the check during ACT Expo.
The exhibit hall at ACT Expo was filled with displays from vehicle manufacturers, alternative fueling systems, electric vehicle charging suppliers, and conversion upfitters for natural gas and propane vehicles. Two of these displays are featured in photos including a City of Long Beach transit bus from BYD; and Los Angeles Police Department electric display vehicles, a BMW i3 and a Tesla Model S.
Event organizer Gladstein Neandross and Associates says that the name of the six-year old conference was changed this year to Advanced Clean Transportation from Alternative Clean Transportation to reflect the impact of advanced, connected vehicle technologies in trucking and passenger vehicles; and how seriously ridesharing and carsharing is being taken now by fleets and transportation planners.
Workhorse Group showed a video at its display featuring a small drone launching from the top of a delivery truck, flying a package to a nearby house and returning to the vehicle. Steve Burns, CEO of the company gave a presentation on Workhorse Group’s medium-duty, battery-electric trucks and fully integrated unmanned aerial delivery drones.
Emily Castor, director of transportation policy at Lyft, spoke on a panel exploring autonomous, connected vehicles and urban mobility. Castor talked about how its ridesharing service, Lyft Lanes is growing in popularity. It now makes up 40% of the rides in 15 U.S. testing out the ridesharing service.
Castor also talked about a short-term lease program Lyft is trying out with General Motors offering Lyft drivers an opportunity to rent a Chevrolet Volt for rides. That topic coincided during this week with a separate news announcement on GM and Lyft testing out a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric car.