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Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  April 15, 2024

Bali Express Adds Electric Freight Trucks to Fleet

Bali Express, a trucking and warehousing services company, announced the crossing of a Class 8 heavy-duty electric freight truck from the U.S. into Mexico, utilizing recently built charging infrastructure.

The charging infrastructure was installed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)  which is designed to provide reliable and accessible charging options for medium- to heavy-duty electric freight trucks crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Juan Baez, owner of the San Diego-based company, emphasized the importance of working together to achieve sustainability goals. The semi-truck made its first trip into Mexico, marking a significant milestone as the binational region moves towards a net-zero future.

"We are thrilled to be working with SDG&E in this historic endeavor,"  Baez said in a statement. "By adding electric freight trucks, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also leading the way towards a more sustainable future for freight transportation on both sides of the border. We're proud to be a leader in this transition and excited about the first-ever crossing."

The chargers were partially funded by a $200,000 grant through the California Energy Commission's Clean Transportation Program, which has provided more than $1 billion to alternative fuel and vehicle technology projects that are designed to deliver health, environmental and economic benefits to communities.

The electric charging infrastructure is a part of SDG&E's Power Your Drive for Fleets program. The program connects fleet operators with resources and financial incentives to easily and cost-effectively design and install charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty fleets.

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