Phoenix Motorcars Receives Order for 13 Zero Emission Vehicles from Los Angeles World Airports

25 July 2023

Phoenix Motor Inc. a leader in manufacturing of all-electric, medium-duty vehicles, today announced a purchase order for thirteen all electric, zero-emission trucks to be deployed for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). The order was executed through National Auto Fleet Group (NAFG) and will include various battery configurations and Phoenix’s inverter package which offer AC power for tools, compressors and other auxiliary loads, powered straight from the high voltage DC batteries.

The 13 trucks will be built on the Ford E-450 chassis powered by Phoenix’s electric drive system and will serve LAWA’s maintenance department. The all electric, zero-emission trucks are funded, in part, by the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) program.

"By investing in the vehicles 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," said Michael Christensen, Chief Operations and Maintenance Officer, LAWA. "This purchase helps to reduce our environmental impact, while also demonstrating our commitment to innovation and the future of transportation."

The Phoenix vehicles will be equipped with 90-kWh and 140-kWh battery packs offering up to 115 and 150-mile ranges, respectively, and can be fully charged in a little over an hour with a 100-kW Level III charger. The trucks, compared to their equivalent fossil fueled alternatives, can reduce atmospheric emissions by ~61 tons per vehicle annually per vehicle, reduce maintenance costs by 75% and lower fuel costs by 80%.

“We are proud to be deploying yet another project at Los Angeles International Airport. With this order, LAWA is setting a new standard and making a bold statement to begin electrifying their maintenance fleet,” Phoenix’s CEO Denton Peng said. “Zero Emission is a reality we create everyday here at Phoenix Motorcars, and LAWA’s commitment to cleaning the air quality in Los Angeles is a testament to its responsibility and forward thinking.”

Phoenix has been the leader in medium duty electrification for over a decade. With 4 million all-electric miles driven on its zero emission drive systems, Phoenix has unparalleled experience and expertise helping public and private fleets successfully deploy and adopt electric vehicles into their fleets, cleaning the air quality and providing clean, quiet and safe zero emission transportation and mobility for their companies and communities.

“Phoenix Motorcars is proud of our commitment to sustainable vehicle technology, and our long-term commitment to support projects at LAX and the Los Angeles region” said Thomas Allen, Vice President of Sales for Phoenix Motorcars. “With this order, we will have over 50 fully electric, zero emission vehicles serving in and around the Los Angeles International Airport. We thank our partners at National Auto Fleet Group for this order and for helping to secure over $780,000 in HVIP Incentives. Being based right here in Southern California, Phoenix is dedicated to cleaning the air quality in its home state and community. This deployment further adds to our quest to lower emissions in disadvantaged communities and provide safe, clean and reliable transportation and mobility to airport fleets.”

Joshua Jerome, Project Manager for National Auto Fleet Group stated, "Our team strives to make each tomorrow better than the day before, and as an HVIP approved dealership, I'm happy we could partner with Phoenix Motorcars to help move Los Angeles World Airports and the state toward a clean air future."