The 500th Orange EV truck was purchased by United Natural Foods, according to the company's news release. UNFI is adding eight Orange EV trucks to its fleet within the next month. With these additions, UNFI will have 10 Orange EV trucks operating in its U.S. fleet.
“Since the first Orange EV trucks were placed in service we have been very happy with the performance, reliability, ROI, and environmental impact they are making,” said Jeff Wismans, national director of fleet operations, at UNFI. “It made it an easy decision to add eight more.”
This Orange EV milestone comes on the heels of a $35 million institutional funding investment in Orange EV led by S2G Ventures and CCI. Orange EV said its yard trucks are now moving goods in 30 states and are operated by more than 140 fleets.
“Orange EV’s launch in 2012 with just $50,000 in our coffers was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, but we were determined to prove that zero-emission yard trucks are the real deal,” said Wayne Mathisen, co-founder/CEO, of Orange EV. “With this historic milestone, Orange EV has accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of generating excitement about EV trucks within the commercial trucking space, and we did it by manufacturing trucks that are superior operationally, financially, and environmentally. Our trucks are safer, more reliable, save our customers money vs. diesel, and are preferred by drivers and management alike.”