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Government, Ports and Air Quality Leaders Open First Natural Gas Truck Fuel Station to Support Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports’ Historic Clean Air Action Plan

New Green Fleet of Liquefied Natural Gas Port Trucks ‘Ready to Roll’ — First of Projected 16,000+ Cleaner Trucks Planned by Ports

SEAL BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq:CLNE), North America’s leader in clean transportation, hosted opening ceremonies today at a major new liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling station designed specifically to support the goals of the San Pedro Bay Ports’ historic Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The new station is the first of three that Clean Energy plans to build in the near future to serve new port drayage trucks powered by clean-burning LNG fuel.

“Just one year after the announcement of the joint Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan, we are here today to mark the opening of this new ultra modern LNG truck fuel station. Natural gas is one of the best ways to reduce air pollution because it burns far cleaner than diesel fuel, reducing harmful tailpipe emissions significantly,” said Andrew Littlefair, Clean Energy’s President and CEO.

The CAAP anticipates the replacement of more than 16,000 old diesel trucks with several thousand new LNG trucks, as well as new or converted diesel trucks that meet specifications for reduced particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions, in order to meet harbor drayage requirements. This movement to cleaner LNG trucks, featuring the Westport Innovations LNG fuel system, will result in significantly decreased harmful greenhouse gas (CO2), NOx and particulate emissions.

The CAAP seeks to reduce overall harmful diesel fuel emissions from port sources by nearly 50 percent in five years.

“We applaud the Los Angeles and Long Beach Mayors and Harbor Commissions, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and private industry for merging efforts to quickly address and mitigate the greenhouse gas and toxic air contaminants that are emitted daily by the thousands of diesel-powered trucks that serve the San Pedro Bay Ports,” Clean Energy’s Littlefair added.

Special guest speakers at the Dec. 11 event included: Boone Pickens, energy industry leader and Clean Energy founder; City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; City of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; David Freeman, Los Angeles Harbor Commission President; Mario Cordero, Long Beach Harbor Commission President; Brian Griley, Southern Counties Express CEO; Alan Lowenthal, California State Senator, 27th District; Matt Haber, Deputy Director, Air Division, EPA-West; Chung Liu, Chief Scientist and Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, SCAQMD; and Michael Gallagher, President and COO, Westport Innovations.

The new station is located adjacent to Southern Counties Express (SCE), a Port trucking firm. SCE expects to put 71 new LNG-fueled trucks on the road in the next two months, with the first group set for deployment by mid-December. The trucks were purchased in part with financial aid from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Nine other Port trucking firms have also committed to the new LNG trucks in the initial deployment for a total of 158 clean LNG trucks.

To help meet expanding Ports and other heavy-duty vehicle requirements, Clean Energy is currently building California’s first large-scale LNG production plant in the Mojave Desert, approximately 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. At the new plant, Clean Energy will liquefy pipeline gas for shipment to customers by tanker trailers. Initial production capacity is anticipated to be 160,000 LNG gallons per day, with a potential for expansion, as needed, up to 240,000 gallons per day.
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