Eliminating diesel emissions creates safer, healthier environment for site personnel and surrounding Ontario, California community
KANSAS CITY, MO and ONTARIO, CA, October 16, 2019 – Orange EV and Dependable Supply Chain Services today announced the deployment of Orange EV pure electric terminal trucks (aka yard trucks, hostlers, spotters), the first step in fulfilling the Dependable Highway Express (DHE) plan to transform their Ontario, California facility into a sustainable, energy efficient, emission-free freight terminal.
Launching their transition to a zero-emission facility, DHE replaced two diesel yard trucks with two Orange EV battery electric trucks. DHE, with support from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and additional project partners, will make further investments in electric forklifts, over-the-road electric trucks, and charging infrastructure, all powered with solar energy generated onsite.
“We’d like to thank CARB, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the City of Ontario for their commitment to the advancement of clean technologies and support for projects that realize our common goals,” commented Troy Musgrave, Director of Process Improvement for Dependable Supply Chain Services. “Dependable strives to implement leading-edge green initiatives and has achieved the EPA’s rigorous SmartWay supply chain sustainability standards. Developing an emission-free freight facility, however, will be transformative for our industry and community and wouldn’t be possible without the help of our many dedicated partners.”
Orange EV’s Class 8 electric trucks, commercially deployed since 2015, are more than 400% more energy efficient than their diesel counterparts. At moderate use sites, replacing one diesel yard truck with Orange EV electric trucks can eliminate 80 tons of CO2, along with NOx, particulate matter, and other criteria pollutants. Orange EV’s electric power train is smoother, cooler, quieter, and cleaner, creating driver-friendly work conditions in a safer, more reliable truck. The significant emissions and noise reductions provide immediate benefits for site personnel and the surrounding community.
“True to its vision, Dependable Highway Express once again chose to lead, this time in the move to emission-free technologies – a move that will also lead to tremendous cost savings,” said Mike Saxton, Orange EV Chief Commercial Officer. “Orange EV customers report a much lower total cost of ownership compared to diesel, saving up to $30,000-$60,000 per truck annually in fuel, maintenance, and emissions control alone. Orange EV trucks have proven they do the job while saving money and eliminating the many operational and economic headaches that come with operating diesels.”
DHE leveraged funds from CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to purchase their Orange EV trucks. Currently, HVIP funds enable Orange EV to provide discounts of up to $165,000 per T-Series electric terminal truck. CARB is in the process of transitioning terminal trucks into its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), where, in addition to discounts for these trucks, proposed funding will also include vouchers for charging equipment.
Overall, the HVIP program has driven growth in the ultra-clean trucks market in California, helping to reduce air pollution and cut climate changing gases, especially in communities suffering from high-volume traffic. More than 50 percent of vehicles purchased through the program are operating in communities disproportionately burdened by harmful air pollutants. HVIP and CORE are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health — particularly in disadvantaged communities. Projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
About Dependable Supply Chain Services and Dependable Highway Express
Dependable Highway Express is a division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, a full-service logistics provider offering trucking (LTL/FTL), warehousing & distribution, harbor drayage, 3PL (third-party logistics), air freight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, and freight transport to and from Hawaii & Guam. The company’s mission is to continue to earn a reputation for integrity, service and diversity that is unmatched in our industry, i.e. “The Dependable Difference.” Established in 1950 with a single bobtail truck, the firm now has five integrated divisions that manage each of these services customized to customer requirements. These divisions work together to create a seamless total supply chain solution. Dependable Highway Express (DHE) handles LTL & FTL transportation, Harbor Drayage and Intermodal. The other four divisions include Dependable Distribution Centers (DDC), Dependable Logistics Solutions (DLS), Dependable Hawaiian Express (DHX), and Dependable Global Express (DGX).
About Orange EV
Kansas City based Orange EV is the leading OEM providing industrial fleets with heavy duty electric vehicle solutions that are proven to save money while being safer, more reliable, and preferred by drivers and management alike. Orange EV trucks meet the most rigorous duty cycles and 24×7 shift schedules while eliminating diesel fuel and emissions. Building both new and re-powered terminal trucks working daily across the country, Orange EV was the first and is still the only manufacturer offering 100% electric Class 8 vehicles that have been commercially deployed and re-ordered into container handling operations.