The company says its electric tractors built since 2020 have an average uptime “exceeding 99%”
Kansas-based Orange EV has announced its all-electric yard tractor fleet has recorded “several unparalleled milestones” for Class 8 terminal tractors. These include “three million miles of usage, one million hours of operation, and an average uptime of 97% for trucks built since 2018, and 99% for trucks built since 2020.
With regard to the size of the Orange EV fleet operating today, the company says it has delivered over 250 units since 2015. These are in service in more than 90 fleets in 19 different US states, and with operators in Canada and the Caribbean.
“With uptime for diesel-powered yard trucks often within the 75-80 percent range, this not only makes Orange EV yard trucks an environmentally conscious, cleaner and quieter alternative, but one with potential to overhaul and improve efficiency and productivity across freight, warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, intermodal environments, and more,” Orange EV stated.
“For every company moving trailers or containers, Orange EV aims to provide a superior operational and financial alternative to diesel yard trucks, while accelerating the inevitable transition to electric that will eliminate harmful diesel particulate and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Zack Ruderman, VP of Sales and Marketing at Orange EV.
The biggest barriers to greater adoption of electric tractors in ports and intermodal terminals are the run time on a battery charge and the capital cost of the machine. With regard to the capital cost, an electric machine is 2.5 to 3 times more expensive than a diesel, but Orange EV claims its electric tractors are more cost-effective to operate over the long term. “Customers experience significant savings, especially from fuel, maintenance, and repairs. Lifetime savings can be as much as $500,000, with Orange EV trucks expected to maintain their strong performance and uptime for 10 years or more,” the company said.
“Diesel yard trucks are often traded in or sold after 4 or 5 years of use before their maintenance and repair costs skyrocket. The biggest culprits of downtime and maintenance expense for a diesel yard truck - the engine, transmission, and emissions control system – are not present in Orange EV electric trucks. Instead, Orange EV trucks are equipped with long-life brushless induction motors and zero maintenance lithium-ion battery packs, now with a battery warranty up to 7.5 years or 396,000 kWh of use, whichever comes first”.
“Many businesses and governmental organisations have found it difficult to make their planned progress toward achieving sustainability goals, especially in their heavy-duty trucking, due to the limited availability of proven, cost-effective alternatives to the fossil fuel-powered solutions,” said Ruderman. “Meanwhile, Orange EV has been delivering electric trucks within 90 days of orders, and demonstrating for years that they can successfully satisfy operational, financial and environmental goals for organisations of all sizes.”