Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has received its first heavy-duty battery-electric vehicle, which will operate at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The Class 8 Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) will be used to move paving equipment, transport construction materials and pull heavy equipment at LAX worksites.

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Los Angeles World Airports has taken delivery of its first Class 8 heavy-duty electric vehicle, a Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

This delivery marks a significant milestone in the airport’s transition to a fully electric fleet by 2031.

It also makes LAWA the first government entity to take delivery of a Nikola Tre BEV and is the first zero-emission Class 8 tractor in the City of Los Angeles municipal fleet.

Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA said:

By investing in the vehicles and charging infrastructure needed to support a fully electrified fleet, LAWA remains on the leading edge of sustainability and is laying the groundwork to achieve carbon neutrality from airport operations by 2045. This purchase not only helps to reduce our environmental impact, but it also demonstrates our commitment to innovation and the future of transportation.

The Nikola Tre BEV has a range of up to 330 miles on a single charge. It will be powered using a new 75kW DC charging station that is currently being installed at the airport.

The heavy-duty vehicle will join the existing light-duty electric vehicles operating at LAX, including 120 electric vehicle sedans and 20 articulated electric airfield buses. LAWA also has 26 Ford F-150 Lightning trucks, 10 Ford Mach E sedans, 32 new Class 4-8 trucks and up to 27 electric buses on order.


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