Kansas City-based Orange EV’s T-Series electric terminal truck has been approved for financial incentives through the Drive Clean Chicago program, which offers terminal operators a cash subsidy of $45,000 to $75,000 per truck.
Orange EV converts legacy diesel trucks to pure electric, stripping the chassis down to bare metal, installing an electric powertrain and reconditioning the remaining components. According to the company, its trucks haul the same loads as smoke-belchers, while saving 90% in fuel costs.
Also this week, ITS Technologies & Logistics announced the successful completion of a two-week demonstration of the T-Series at the company’s Edgerton, Kansas intermodal facility.
“Terminal trucks are critical to the services ITS provides to our rail intermodal customers,” said ITS Senior VP Ron Teague. “Terminal trucks work long hours, often in harsh 24-7 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.”
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In the demonstration, the T-Series consistently lifted and pulled the GCWR of 81,000 pounds at the site-designated 20 mph speed, completing over 400 total runs and showing that its 160 kWh battery would go 10 hours or more on a single charge. “Our drivers are excited” said ITS VP Dustin Melton, who oversaw the on-site 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.”
Source: Orange EV