Super Store Industries (SSI) has announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series electric terminal trucks at multiple SSI facilities, supporting both grocery distribution and dairy and beverage manufacturing.
SSI’s first Orange EV yard truck was immediately deployed for heavy service, operating up to 19 hours per day.
“Deploying Orange EV electric trucks not only helps to fulfill our mission to be good stewards of the environment, it also dramatically improves conditions for our drivers and site personnel,” says Tom Hughes, vice president of operations for SSI. “Literally a breath of fresh air, drivers no longer have to contend with diesel fumes and soot. The trucks also make financial sense, both upfront and operationally.”
SSI leveraged funds from California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) to purchase the trucks. HVIP is currently open, enabling Orange EV discounts of up to $165,000 per T-Series electric terminal truck and up to $30,000 per truck voucher for charging equipment.
“Super Store Industries is the first dairy manufacturer in the U.S. to deploy a pure-electric Class 8 truck,” comments Mike Saxton, Orange EV’s chief commercial officer. “SSI is taking the lead, eliminating emissions with 100 percent electric yard trucks while reducing costs and accelerating payback. Orange EV trucks cost less in fuel, maintenance and other diesel-related costs, and when operated in California, can generate a significant additional income stream.”
SSI is registering its Orange EV electric trucks in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) marketable carbon credit trading program. By operating yard trucks with a cleaner power source, SSI will earn LCFS credits for each metric ton of CO2 reduced. At current market prices and fleet-reported electricity usage, fleets operating Orange EV yard trucks are expected to be paid up to $12,000 per truck annually from LCFS credit proceeds.