Orange EV and Ability Tri-Modal Transportation Services announced the deployment of five Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal trucks to three of Tri-Modal’s warehousing and distribution facilities, a combined 750,000 square feet of warehouse space close to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.
Ability Tri-Modal uses 10 terminal tractors for yard management, which operate up to 20 hours per day and five days a week.
In its search for an economic, reliable alternative to diesel, Tri-Modal began tracking electric yard truck development. Moderate-use sites report annual savings of $30,000 per truck in fuel, maintenance, and emission control related costs, while heavier-use sites can save much more.
The Orange EV deployment is the latest initiative in Ability Tri-Modal's efforts to “think green.” Looking to the future, Tri-Modal plans to install solar panels to charge its growing fleet of electric equipment with electricity generated on-site.
Ability Tri-Modal utilized funding from the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to purchase the Orange EV trucks. HVIP is currently open, offering incentive amounts of up to $175,000 per Orange EV terminal truck.