THE Port of New York and New Jersey has put its first zero-emission drayage truck into service, as part of efforts to improve the air quality around its marine terminals.
The electric truck operated by New Jersey-based Best Transportation was used to transport a 14,000-pound container from Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, New Jersey to a Costco location 34 miles away in Monroe, New Jersey. This is the first trial of a zero-emission truck for a container move, reported American Shipper.
The second-generation electric drayage truck supplied by China's BYD is powered by a battery pack that produces enough power for an estimated range of 125 miles per charge. The truck's day cab is rated at 26,235 pounds and can carry a combined maximum weight of 105,000 pounds.
The port authority said the trial is part of efforts to cut "diesel and greenhouse gas emissions across all of its facilities."
Those efforts include grants to cover half the cost of replacing trucks with 1996 to 2003 model year engines, with engines produced no earlier than in 2013. Since July, the port has restricted new enrolments in the port's drayage truck registry to models that comply with 2010 emissions standards.
Best Transportation is also testing the use of a zero-emission battery electric terminal tractor at a container yard facility. The port said that one electric drayage truck and 14 electric terminal tractors will be deployed at New Jersey ports.