Testa Produce has added two new trucks to its delivery fleet, both of which operate solely on electricity. Custom-made for Testa by Smith Electric Vehicles, Kansas City, Mo., (chassis) and Kidron, Washington, N.C. (insulated body), the trucks have zero emissions and travel up to 100 miles without recharging. Testa plans to use them for deliveries to customers in its downtown Chicago market.

Adding electric delivery vehicles is in line with Testa Produce's commitment to continually raise the bar on sustainability, according to the company. Testa is the first perishable food distributor in the nation to earn LEED® platinum, the highest certification available from the U.S. Green Building Council, for its award-winning state-of-the-art "green" distribution center. The facility incorporates energy-saving solar, wind, and water technologies. Testa's existing 60+ delivery trucks run on bio-diesel fuel and all company cars are hybrid-electrics. In the coming months, Testa Produce will also add 10 trucks to its fleet that operate on compressed natural gas.

"The new electric trucks will help us diversify our fleet, give us added flexibility and reduce our carbon footprint even more," says Stephanie Testa , distribution manager. "We're excited to get them on the road."