January 7, 2013
Balqon, a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, received $925,000 in earmarked funds for to develop three Model MX30 trucks for use at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to Air Quality Management District Board minutes, Balqon would provide three battery electric trucks with 100 mile range and a DC fast charger utilizing 500 kilowatt-hour lithium battery energy storage unit. Demonstration of DC Charging using battery energy storage is expected to reduce charging costs and charge time for heavy duty electric trucks.
“We are pleased to be selected for the project funded by Department of Energy to demonstrate viability of zero emission electric trucks in short haul drayage applications at Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” Balwinder Samra, CEO of Balqon Corporation said. “This project will help us develop and demonstrate short charge times by using lithium battery energy storage systems we have developed for renewable and energy storage industries,” he added.
An MX30 displayed at the EVS26 Expo in May was equipped with a drive system connected to a six speed automatic transmission assembled on a Freightliner truck chassis.
The MX30 can travel at speeds up to 70 mph, tow loads of over 30 tons and can be charged in less than three hours.