FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Port Everglades container terminal operator Port Everglades Terminal LLC (PET) has teamed up with Orange EV to improve operational efficiencies while reducing emissions. As part of a trial run that began in December of 2023, PET added four electric yard trucks to its fleet. The HUSK-e® vehicles are used to move trailers and cargo containers within the port.
PET’s climate-friendly initiative aligns with the port’s sustainability efforts to make investments in technology and infrastructure that address climate change. Port initiatives include replacing bulkheads, develop plans to provide shore power to visiting cruise ships and the purchase of five electric vehicles and accompanying charging stations for port use.
In addition to eliminating diesel exhaust and emissions, Orange EV reports that the Class 8 trucks are designed to handle the most demanding needs of port operations, making their product an ideal choice for Port Everglades which handles more than 1 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually and has a reliable intermodal operation with a near-dock rail system and immediate access to the interstate.
“As an industry pioneer, Orange EV initiated the electric terminal truck revolution in 2015, setting new standards for performance, reliability, and sustainability in heavy-duty trucks,” said Kurt Neutgens, President and Chief Technology Officer of Orange EV. “We’re glad to partner with PET to help power their terminal operations without sacrificing uptime, range and pulling power.” The HUSK-e® is Orange EV’s new port/rail truck and complements the e-TRIEVER® that is used in warehouse and distribution.
Orange EV was the nation’s first manufacturer to offer 100 percent electric Class 8 vehicles to be commercially deployed and scaled to more than 200 fleets across 35 states, Canada and the Caribbean and logged more than 11 million miles and 4 million hours of operation since 2015.
ABOUT PORT EVERGLADES
A global powerhouse for international trade, Port Everglades handles an average of one-million TEUs annually (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 137.6 million visitors statewide and 6 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion totaling $3 billion within the next 20 years ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. More information about Broward County’s Port Everglades is available at PortEverglades.net or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org.
December 20, 2023
MEDIA CONTACT: Joy Oglesby, Public Information Officer