Forum Mobility, a freight electrification provider, plans to open a heavy-duty truck charging depot in the Port of Long Beach in 2024. The new depot would provide charging infrastructure for hundreds of drayage trucks per day, helping the state's drayage fleet transition to zero-emission operations. Several drayage carriers have already reserved chargers because of the location adjacent to terminals.
"Forum is building dedicated infrastructure for heavy-duty trucks to transition from diesel to electricity. With the support of the Port of Long Beach, the FM Harbor depot would provide drayage truckers a turnkey solution to comply with California Air Resources Board regulations. At Forum Mobility facilities like this one, fleets can make the transition simply and without using their own capital," said Matt LeDucq, CEO and co-founder of Forum Mobility. "Forum is building a network of charging depots at the ports, along freight corridors, and near distribution centers to serve owner-operators and carriers of all sizes. We make it easy to go electric."
Talon Logistics Inc., a national drayage carrier based in Chino, has already secured dedicated charging at FM Harbor. "Talon Logistics prides itself in being a trendset leader, and Forum is our trusted infrastructure partner. Securing fully staffed and dedicated charging inside the port makes us pioneers in the space, which puts us ahead of the competition," Talon CEO Emmanuel Carrillo said. "FM Harbor couldn't be more convenient—7,000 trucks a day go into the Port of Long Beach, and our fleet will be one of the few able to charge right next to the terminals. Forum's turnkey charging solution allows me to focus on growing my business and serving my customers."
Forum's Port of Long Beach charging depot will have 19 dual-port 360 kW chargers and six 360 kW single-dispenser chargers, all capable of charging 44 trucks simultaneously. Depending on battery size, an electric Class 8 truck can be charged in about 90 minutes. A fully-staffed depot is expected to open in the fall of 2024. At full capacity, it could serve over 200 trucks a day.