TTSI Takes Delivery Of NikolaTre Zero Emission Battery Electric Truck


Total Transportation Services (TTSI) takes delivery of the Nikola tree Bev zero Mission battery electric truck. The Nikola Tre BEV is designed for local deliveries up to 350 miles.

Mark Russell, CEO of Nikola Corporation, hand the keys over to Alex Cherin, board member of Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI). The first two zero-emissions electric trucks, from an order of 100 vehicles, delivered at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on Friday, December 17, 2021. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

TTSI will be testing the truck in it’s drayage division HLT.

“This day represents a major step in our continual quest to achieve a zero-emission fleet, which is why TTSI highly values its partnership with Nikola. Production, performance, and maintenance will be the key to our future success, and we are confident Nikola will excel on all three fronts,” said Vic LaRosa, president of TTSI. 

“Reaching a zero-emission transportation future requires bold leadership and collaboration from federal, state, and local partners, along with major investments from the private sector,” Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán said. “This is crucial for the health of people living in the communities near the ports in my district, who suffer higher rates of cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases due to all the toxic diesel emissions coming from the equipment and trucks at the ports. I appreciate the commitment TTSI and Nikola have made at the Port of Los Angeles to a cleaner, safer future.”

In any given month 13,000 to 14,000 trucks call at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, emitting roughly 2,600 tons per year of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions. This location and transportation use case represent one of the largest opportunities in California to make a significant impact for the transition to sustainable transportation. TTSI has been on the forefront of this transition with early adopter status with nearly every zero emission truck on the market, and will partner with Nikola to transition BEVs into operation on a trial basis.

In attendance at the ceremony were Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, who represents California’s 44th District, CA State Senator Steven Bradford (SD-35) and representatives from the: 

  • Office of U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Office of U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez
  • Office of U.S. Representative Linda Torres
  • Office of U.S. Representative Maxine Waters
  • CA Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Office of CA State Assemblymember Mike Gipson
  • Office of CA State Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell
  • Office of CA State Senator Ben Allen
  • Office of LA County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and
  • Representatives from the following organizations: Port of Los Angeles, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Coalition for Clean Air, Long Beach Clean Cities/Cerritos College, LA Clean Tech Incubator (LACI), CALSTART, Better World Group and labor partners. 

Following the program, guests had the opportunity to experience the Tre BEV first-hand during demonstrations and as truck passengers.

View the Nikola Motor Corp press release

View local news article

The Future of Zero Emission

TTSI plans for 100 zero-emission trucks, beginning with a four-truck pilot of two BEVs and two FCEVs. Based on satisfactory completion of the vehicle trials and subject to TTSI obtaining certain government funding, 30 BEVs are projected to follow later in 2022, and 70 FCEVs are anticipated to start in 2023.

Fleet Owner Article discussing TTSI future plans

Learn more about TTSI’s sustainability program

Drivers love these trucks

These trucks contain all the latest and greatest creature comforts in a state of the art cab. They are super quiet, easy to fuel, and have no stinky diesel emissions.

TTSI’s driver Kaylee Slemaker loves the trucks!

Big win for the environment and local air quality

The immediate benefit of these trucks is to reduce the air pollution in our local communities along transportation corridors. Driver health is also greatly improved. Our partnership with Southern California’s Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) is a huge benefit in this respect.

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