Deploying Orange EV electric advances sustainability, simplifies regulatory compliance
KANSAS CITY, MO, and TEMPLE, TX, July 7, 2020 – Orange EV and McLane Company, Inc., today announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal trucks to the McLane Foodservice distribution center in Riverside, California. Deploying heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles furthers McLane’s Green Advantage initiatives to reduce the company’s environmental impact.
“This deployment highlights McLane’s standards of innovation and leadership,” said Don Jalbert, Orange EV National Sales Director. “Other fleets may continue down the same road with diesel, but McLane chose to forge a cleaner, more sustainable path with Orange EV electric, permanently eliminating diesel emissions and providing cleaner, safer, more reliable equipment for their employees.”
McLane’s pure-electric yard trucks (aka terminal trucks, hostlers, spotters) are expected to operate more than 7,500 hours annually which, over a 10-year period, are estimated to eliminate emissions equivalent to driving a passenger vehicle 2.6 million miles or burning 1.3 million pounds of coal.
California’s recently adopted Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation aims for 100% zero-emission new truck sales by 2045 and requires large companies to report fleet composition and vehicle operations. ACT joins a complex set of rules with which diesel fleet operators must comply. “The regulation of diesel engines in California is an ever-changing environment,” commented Dan James, Director of Transportation for McLane. “Deploying Orange EV trucks allows us to successfully integrate heavy-duty electric vehicles into our system while significantly simplifying compliance.”
Before selecting the Orange EV T-Series, McLane researched multiple vendors. “McLane strives to stand at the forefront of technological advancements in our industry, so we chose to partner with Orange EV, the manufacturer with the best track record and most developed product,” said James. “They aren’t a diesel company building electric yard trucks. Orange EV is an electric yard truck company building electric yard trucks. The difference is clear.”
About McLane Company, Inc.
McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates over 80 distribution centers across the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK).
About McLane Foodservice
McLane Foodservice is a $16 billion division of McLane Company, Inc. that is a supply chain leader in the foodservice industry. McLane Foodservice buys, sells, and delivers more than 13 billion pounds of goods per year to over 35,000 restaurant locations across the U.S. With a nationwide network, the division services chain restaurants that include brands in the QSR, casual, and fine dining segments. McLane Foodservice employs 9,000 dedicated teammates and exports to 40 countries. Committed to community and sustainability, McLane Foodservice brings together world-class expertise, logistics, technology, and promotions services to its customers in a highly competitive market.
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, 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. Orange EV’s commercially deployed trucks, chosen by more than 60 fleets across 14 states and Canada, have surpassed a combined 515,000 key-on hours and 1.56 million miles of operation.