Dependable Highway Express Deploys Orange EV Electric Trucks


Dependable Highway Express (DHE) has replaced two diesel yard trucks with two Orange EV battery electric trucks at its Ontario, Calif., facility.

The logistics services provider, a division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, has a goal to transform its Ontario facility into an emissions-free freight terminal. DHE, with support from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and additional project partners, will make further investments in electric forklifts, over-the-road electric trucks and charging infrastructure – all powered with solar energy generated on-site.

“We’d like to thank CARB, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the City of Ontario for their commitment to the advancement of clean technologies and support for projects that realize our common goals,” comments Troy Musgrave, director of process improvement for dependable supply chain services.

Orange EV’s Class 8 electric trucks have been commercially deployed since 2015. At moderate-use sites, replacing one diesel yard truck with Orange EV electric trucks can eliminate 80 tons of CO2, the company says.

Mike Saxton, Orange EV’s chief commercial officer, also points out cost-savings: “Orange EV customers report a much lower total cost of ownership compared to diesel, saving up to $30,000-$60,000 per truck annually in fuel, maintenance and emissions control alone. Orange EV trucks have proven they do the job while saving money and eliminating the many operational and economic headaches that come with operating diesels.”

DHE leveraged funds from CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to purchase the Orange EV trucks. Currently, HVIP funds enable Orange EV to provide discounts of up to $165,000 per T-Series electric terminal truck. CARB is in the process of transitioning terminal trucks into its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project, where, in addition to discounts for these trucks, proposed funding will also include vouchers for charging equipment.

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