Biodiesel Operator Is Planning for CNG Vehicles Too
Testa Produce has added two battery trucks by Smith Electric Vehicles to its fleet, and says it will use them for deliveries to customers in its downtown Chicago market. Stated single-charge range is 100 miles.
“The new electric trucks will help us diversify our fleet, give us added flexibility and reduce our carbon footprint,” distribution manager Stephanie Testa said in a Tuesday release.
“Distribution is an energy- and resource-intensive business but we’ve made it our mission to do things differently and to set a new standard for our industry,” said company president Peter Testa.
“Electric vehicle technology has advanced to the point where it’s now possible for us to begin making zero-emission deliveries,” Testa said. “It’s a logical next step for us.”
More than 60 existing of the company’s delivery trucks run on biodiesel and all Testa company cars are hybrids. The firm says it plans to add ten compressed natural gas trucks in the coming months.
Testa notes too that it’s earned a LEED platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for a distribution center employing energy-saving solar, wind and water technologies.
The Smith battery trucks for Testa have insulated bodies by Washington, N.C.-based Kidron.
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