In September 2021, Ruan was one of 13 fleets participating in Run on Less Electric, coordinated by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and RMI. Run on Less showcases advancements in freight efficiency, and each Run highlights a specific trucking segment.

The 2021 Run focused on electric truck technology. Over the 3-week event, Ruan showcased their Orange EV electric yard truck deployed to Otsego, Minnesota operations since September 2020.

What is Ruan saying about their Orange EV truck?

“When I was first introduced to the idea of driving an electric vehicle, I was very hesitant about the technology, but it’s been a game changer for me and I strongly recommend it.” Conrad Hanson, Ruan driver

“I was very apprehensive that the battery would work well within the winter environments of the upper Midwest. You know, temperatures that can read ambient of 20, 30 below zero. The battery has held very well. I don’t remember a time when it was under 70% charged.” Burt Fosse, Operations Leader

“Our standard yard tractor diesel spec would typically run 5, 6, maybe 7 years. From what we’ve seen of this unit’s operation so far, we think we can get at least 10 years of life out of it.” Brad Gehring, VP of Fleet Services

“If you look inside the four walls of this building we’re running 30 different pieces of electric powered equipment. We made that decision for similar reasons to making the decision to run electric powered equipment outside. It’s more sustainable long term. It’s a better work environment for the driver. It’s less fatiguing.” Paul Jensen, SVP of Supply Chain Solutions

About Ruan: Founded in 1932, Ruan is a family-owned transportation management company, providing Dedicated Contract Transportation, Managed Transportation, Value-added Warehousing and Brokerage Support Services to customers across the United States. Ruan’s Integrated Supply Chain Solutions services encompass all aspects of transportation and logistics, providing customers the ideal combination of asset- and non-asset-based solutions that get products from point A to point B safely and efficiently. With more than 89 years of transportation management experience, Ruan is one of the top 10 privately-owned transportation service companies in the country. For more information about Ruan, visit