PDS will deploy its first six Class 8 battery electric trucks in Southern California drayage...

PDS will deploy its first six Class 8 battery electric trucks in Southern California drayage operations.

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Pacific Drayage Services, an IMC Company, is adding six Volvo electric trucks to its fleet this year, according to a news release.

“We believe this investment will greatly benefit our company, our customers, and our environment,” said Jim Gillis, president of PDS. “We have long been a good steward of the environment and we will continue to find ways to reduce emissions while providing efficient and sustainable supply chain transportation solutions.”

PDS will deploy its first six Class 8 battery-electric vehicles in Southern California, where 60% of communities are dealing with the issue of pollution. The deployment is made possible with an investment from IMC Companies and California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

Infrastructure is currently being installed in the fleet's Compton, California, facility to accommodate up to 30 EVs in the future. This year, PDS has already moved its yard hostlers and warehouse forklift drivers to electric vehicles.

IMC Companies said PDS will replace the oldest diesel vehicles in its fleet (2018 MY) with new vehicles to further minimize emissions. 

“We will continue to purchase and deploy new EV technology within our Class 8 fleet with the ultimate goal of running carbon-free drayage operations by the year 2030,” Gillis said.

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