Impact Transportation has become the second trucking company at the Port of Oakland to purchase an all electric terminal tractor from Orange EV.
Impact Transportation purchased the electric tractor for $275,000 with the help of a $175,000 state grant, which covers the difference in price between a conventional diesel tractor and the Orange EV battery machine.
Impact Transportation has a fleet of three terminal tractors that it uses to move trailers around its facility. This is a similar application to GSC Logistics, which introduced an Orange EV machine to Oakland last year at its pre-staging, fuelling and truck services yard outside the port.
The Port of Oakland said the purchase is the latest step in its “quest to phase out diesel-powered freight hauling”, and port officials will be watching the tractor’s performance closely. In addition to handling trailers at Impact’s site, the tractor “may see double duty retrieving cargo containers from Port of Oakland marine terminals,” the port noted.
“We’re grateful to Impact Transportation for exploring battery power,” said Port of Oakland Associate Environmental Planner/Scientist Catherine Mukai. “The road to zero-emissions will be a long one and we need leaders to take the first step.”
Impact Transportation is enthusiastic about the electric machine. “We love it, so far,” said Impact Transportation President Ron Cancilla. “Considering the grant and the cost to buy and maintain a diesel truck, this seemed to be a no-brainer.” The tractor can run for up to 12 hours on its 80 kWh battery, charging both during operations and overnight.