The company said the addition of the new heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles advances its Green Advantage initiatives to reduce its environmental impact.
“This deployment highlights McLane’s standards of innovation and leadership,” said Don Jalbert, Orange EV’s national sales director. “Other fleets may continue down the same road with diesel, but McLane chose to forge a cleaner, more sustainable path with Orange EV electric, permanently eliminating diesel emissions and providing cleaner, safer, more reliable equipment for their employees.”
McLane’s pure-electric yard trucks (also known as terminal trucks, hostlers or spotters) are expected to operate more than 7,500 hours annually, which, over a 10-year period, is estimated to eliminate emissions equivalent to driving a passenger vehicle 2.6 million miles, or burning 1.3 million pounds of coal, Orange EV said.
California’s recently adopted Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation aims for 100% zero-emission new truck sales by 2045 and requires large companies to report fleet composition and vehicle operations. ACT joins a complex set of rules with which diesel fleet operators must comply. “The regulation of diesel engines in California is an ever-changing environment,” said Dan James, director of transportation for McLane. “Deploying Orange EV trucks allows us to successfully integrate heavy-duty electric vehicles into our system while significantly simplifying compliance.”
McLane said it researched multiple vendors before selecting the Orange EV T-Series.
“McLane strives to stand at the forefront of technological advancements in our industry, so we chose to partner with Orange EV, the manufacturer with the best track record and most developed product,” James added. “They aren’t a diesel company building electric yard trucks. Orange EV is an electric yard truck company building electric yard trucks.
“The difference is clear.”