February 14, 2018
Innovative Transportation Services (ITS) stands with their new Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck. (L-R) Bill Loupee, VP of both ITS and TCS (Transportation and Consolidation Services, Inc.); James Hotnich, dispatch manager; Owen Owens, driver; and Dave Harper, president of ITS. (Photo courtesy of Orange EV)
Orange EV and Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc., announced the deployment of Orange EV’s T-Series pure-electric terminal truck to Sonwil’s 300,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Buffalo, N.Y. Replacing diesel with an Orange EV electric yard truck further delivers on Sonwil’s commitment to their customers to provide solutions that increase efficiency, reduce costs, and help achieve sustainability goals.
“Sonwil’s philosophy is simple,” said Dave Harper, president of Innovative Transportation Services (ITS), Sonwil’s transportation arm. “We put the customer first, continually working to add value, meet the customer’s evolving needs, and strengthen their competitive advantage.”
For example, to increase efficiency and sustainability, ITS has worked with key industry partners to design custom trailers, both dry and refrigerated, to haul increased loads. The specialized dry trailers carry over 55% more per load resulting in fewer trips, significantly lower costs, and a smaller carbon footprint.
Orange EV’s complete electric terminal truck solution includes everything needed to begin operations: trucks, charging capabilities, telematics, on-site training, manuals, customized operator settings, warranty, and more. Building both new and remanufactured vehicles, Orange EV designs and manufactures each truck to customer specifications. Sonwil is operating a new T-Series Extended Duty Terminal Truck with Standard Onboard Charging.
Diesel yard trucks are costly to operate due to fuel expense, maintenance, and emission control requirements; they also pose risks to employee health and safety. Fumes, heat, and dust are a few of Sonwil’s biggest challenges with diesel.
Orange EV’s electric terminal trucks (aka yard trucks, horses, spotters, hostlers, etc.) operate in all segments of the container-handling market including ports, rail intermodal, manufacturing, distribution, parcel, waste transfer, LTL freight, third-party logistics, and more. Understanding that each yard is physically and operationally unique, Orange EV delivers site-specific electric vehicle solutions backed by committed engineering and technical support.