San Diego Port acquiring 16 EVs as part of Clean Air Strategy

March 14, 2022
The EV deal with National Auto will include 10 electric medium-duty pickup trucks and four vans to be delivered in 2023. earlier deal with bring two EVs into the fleet later this year

The Port of San Diego is adding 16 new electric vehicles to its fleet.

The port’s board of commissioners approved the $820,000 deal for 14 EVs from National Auto Fleet Group. The purchase is funded through the Port’s Economic Recovery Program and federal funds.

The EVs will include 10 electric medium-duty pickup trucks and four vans. They will replace gas or diesel-powered vehicles.

An earlier deal with bring two EVs into the fleet later this year.

Not only is our approach to improving air quality among the most aggressive in the country, but we have also outlined how we will deliver,” said Chairman Dan Malcolm, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “The purchase of these electric vehicles shows we take the health of those who live, work and play on and near the waterfront seriously. We will continue to work to preserve the bountiful resources San Diego Bay offers so future generations can enjoy its benefits.”

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The National Auto-acquired EVs are expected to be delivery by the spring 2023. The transition is in support of the Port’s Maritime Clean Air Strategy.

Prior to the 2023 delivery of the National Auto vehicles, the Port of San Diego is also acquiring two EVs from Lordstown.

San Diego Gas & Electric, through its EV infrastructure program, is investing more than $500,000 in charging stations and electric infrastructure to power the vehicles. 

In addition, the San Diego Port will purchase two all-electric mobile harbor cranes to replace diesel versions at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The acquisition of electric utility tractor rigs also is part of the short-range plan.