Orange EV and Firefly partner to deploy electric yard goats

Orange EV and Firefly Transportation Services have announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series electric terminal trucks into yard management operations for a leading manufacturer of consumer goods.  Providing yard management services at manufacturing and distribution facilities in Michigan and California, Firefly will reduce costs and add new reporting and tracking capabilities.

“To cut operating costs, improve operations, and reduce emissions all at the same time requires firms to do things differently,” said 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’s 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 trucks have reported increased reliability and driver satisfaction as well as reduced maintenance and downtime. Orange says its terminal trucks offer annual cost savings of $20,000 to $60,000, making the total cost of ownership of an EV significantly less than that of a diesel.

“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.”

“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,” said Mike Bohnstengel, Principal Partner at Firefly. “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.”

 

Source: Orange EV