Pure Electric Terminal Truck Successfully Tested
August 13, 2014 – Press Release
ITS Technologies & Logistics (ITS) and Orange EV announced the successful demonstration of Orange’s T-Series electric terminal truck at ITS’ Edgerton, Kansas, intermodal operations.
ITS Senior Vice President of Intermodal Operations Ron Teague said, “Terminal trucks are critical to the services ITS provides to our rail intermodal customers. Terminal trucks work long hours, often in harsh 24 x 7 industrial environments. We needed to see that Orange EV’s all-electric terminal truck could do the job and get through a shift on a single charge. They’ve convinced our team. Orange EV’s T-Series demonstrated it has the endurance and power we need.”
Orange EV’s T-Series consistently lifted and pulled the GCWR of 81,000 lbs. at the site-designated 20 mph speed. Over the course of the two-week demonstration, the truck lifted and pulled many oversized loads, completing more than 400 total runs and showing its 160 kWh battery would go 10 hours or more on a single charge.
“Our drivers are excited” said Dustin Melton, ITS area vice president overseeing the onsite demonstration. “We believe electric vehicles offer a range of economic, environmental, and operator benefits, and we’ve been working with Orange EV to ensure their truck meets our needs. Our drivers proved that moving to electric truck operations will be a short learning curve. They were enthusiastic about driving a cooler, quieter, low vibration, zero-emission vehicle.”
Terminal operators now have a viable zero-emission alternative to existing diesel terminal trucks. The company claims the T-Series will significantly lower the cost of fuel, maintenance, and other operating expenses, reducing the total cost of ownership and paying back well within the life of the truck.