Orange EV, Kalmar Ottawa partner on zero-emission, electric terminal tractor

Kalmar Ottawa and Orange EV announced that they are collaborating to deliver zero-emission, electric terminal tractors.

“Kalmar Ottawa has tested many alternative-fuel trucks in the past, but Orange EV’s T-Series is the first and only one to match the power and reliability for which Kalmar Ottawa is known,” the company said. “Based on customer demand for emission-free freight logistics, the companies are collaborating on the use of Orange EV’s technology in the Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractor.”

Wayne Mathisen, chief executive officer for Orange EV said, “We are excited about the experience our two companies bring to bear on freight logistics. Orange EV’s initial offering has been well received by the market. The T-Series, a remanufactured solution which gives operators ‘a new truck they already know,’ has repeatedly proven it can do the job supporting 24x7 operations, cost effectively and with zero emissions. The opportunity to work with industry leader Kalmar Ottawa will enable Orange EV to accelerate adoption of electric terminal tractors.”

Kalmar Ottawa invented the terminal tractor in 1958 and has sold more than twice as many trucks as its competitors combined, the company said. Kalmar Ottawa said it is known as the market leader in product innovation.

“With the increasing demand for cleaner, more efficient trailer spotting at distribution centers, freight yards and ports, aligning ourselves with a company like Orange EV was the logical progression for Kalmar Ottawa. The opportunity to blend our two products and distribution networks is a win-win,” said Dave Wood, vice president sales and marketing, Terminal Tractors Americas Region.

The T-Series has been tested and proven in a range of fleet operating environments including LTL freight transportation, distribution, manufacturing and intermodal services. Customer demonstrations onsite with national brand leaders showed that an electric terminal tractor can reliably do the job of current diesel trucks while delivering far greater environmental and financial value, Kalmar Ottawa said.

“Drivers consistently favor the T-Series for its simplified operations and driver comfort where noise, vibration, heat and emissions are eliminated or greatly reduced. Significant savings in fuel, maintenance and other costs result in a lower total cost of ownership,” according to the company.

Incentive programs can reduce purchase price to at or below that of a new diesel, the company said. “The T-Series remains the only terminal tractor solution that qualifies for financial incentives through Drive Clean Chicago (DCC),” according to Kalmar Ottawa. “The incentive amounts recently increased to $150,000 per truck, directly reducing the price to end customers in the City of Chicago and its six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. The T-Series is available in on-road and off-road configurations. Both versions are approved for DCC incentives at the $150,000 level. Similar incentive programs exist in other locations nationwide, most notably California and Texas.”

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