Estes adds more electric semi trucks to their California fleet, adding to their collections of more than 300 electric assets, which include hundreds of electric forklifts and two electric yard jockeys.
The one dozen BEV Class-8 Freightliner eCascadia electric semi trucks will operate out of Estes Express’ Banning, California terminal. The electric rigs will be used for local pickup and delivery, as their range only reaches up to 230 miles on one charge, reported Electrek.
“At Estes, we seek out opportunities to test and incorporate equipment that will help us reduce our carbon footprint. We’re thrilled to begin including electric trucks into our fleet and look forward to adding more, as availability and infrastructure allows,” said Estes vice president of sustainability, culture, and communications, Sara Graf. “This EV initiative is just one more way that Estes is focusing on sustainability and the environment.”
“It’s fair to say these EV trucks caught our drivers by surprise in how much they enjoyed operating them, all of whom noted how quiet, smooth and agile they were,” said Banning terminal manager, Michael Haynes, to the American Journal of Transportation.
“It’s exciting to see Estes continue investing in and testing promising, new technologies and equipment that allow us to serve our customers to the best of our ability.”