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canterdThe U.S. Department of Energy has just kicked off an electric truck demonstration project in the Houston-Galveston area, and since it’s Texas you know there’s a potential to power those trucks with wind. TXU, the electricity supplier to Houston, already offers a 100 percent wind power option to its customers, and the project is being conducted in collaboration with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), which is up to its neck in sustainability programs and offers a cooperative energy  purchasing program. So here’s hoping, and in the meantime let’s take a closer look at the project and at Smith Electric Vehicles, which is providing 30 trucks for the demonstration project.

The Houston-Galveston Electric Truck Project

The H-GAC Zero Emission Truck Project is funded through a grant from the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, to be administered by H-GAC. The project also involves the clean tech powerhouse Center for Transportation and the Environment, which has leveraged projects for the Army and NASA among other agencies (not to be confused with a likewise named center at North Carolina State University, btw).

The voluntary project is aimed at reducing diesel emissions from cargo transportation in the region, which is currently running in the non-attainment zone according to federal air quality standards. The goal is to attract participants to replace diesel delivery with medium-duty and heavy-duty all-electric trucks, demonstrating that the emission-free trucks perform just as well as their polluting counterparts and are cost-effective to operate, too.