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Electric tractor for Firefly

Orange EV has rebuilt and refitted a Kalmar Ottawa diesel tractor with its electric drive system for Michigan-based Firefly Transportation Services.

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Electric tractor for Firefly

Orange EV and Firefly Transportation Services have announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series 100% battery-electric yard terminal tractors at manufacturing and distribution facilities in Michigan and California.


The Michigan machine is a refurbished Kalmar Ottawa tractor, which Orange EV said will be the “first commercially deployed, pure electric Class 8 truck in the state of Michigan”.


"To cut operating costs, improve operations, and reduce emissions all at the same time requires firms to do things differently," commented Mike Saxton, Orange EV’s Chief Commercial Officer. "Firefly’s team of respected logistics industry leaders has built a new model for transportation services free from the burdens of older diesel technologies.”


Orange EV continues to build momentum in the US. “Orange EV’s industry-leading fleet of Class 8 battery-electric trucks, commercially deployed since 2015, recently surpassed 575,000 miles and 161,000 “key on” hours. Fleets using Orange EV trucks have repeatedly affirmed increased reliability and driver satisfaction as well as reduced maintenance and downtime. With operational cost savings of $20,000 to $60,000 annually, total cost of ownership of an Orange EV electric is often significantly less than that of a diesel,” the company stated.


Mike Bohnstengel, Principal Partner at Firefly Transportation Services, beleives battery machines are the way of the future. “From a warehouse and logistics standpoint, we’ve done those jobs, been in those roles, and understand the challenges facing traditional diesel yard management where fleets are hard-pressed to find more savings or productivity. Legacy equipment and systems don’t meet the demands of today’s transportation environment,” Bohnstengel said. “Firefly’s fresh approach delivers immediate cost savings with fuel costs reduced 80 percent or more. Through onboard telematics, key performance indicators, and real-time reporting and analysis, we help clients better understand and manage current yard operations, identify efficiencies, and improve bottom line productivity.”


Firefly provides trailer logistics and yard tractor services on a contract basis. “Some find it hard to believe that an electric truck can do everything their old diesel does while also being cooler, quieter, and lower cost to operate,” said Bohnstengel. “We invite fleets to drive the Orange EV truck and experience safer, emission-free yard management for themselves.”

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