Chassis Supplier and Battery Drive Developer Join Forces in Terminal Tractors
Kansas City-based Orange EV is teaming with chassis supplier Kalmar Ottawa to commercialize full battery electric terminal tractors.
Citing “customer demand for emission-free freight logistics,” the firms are collaborating on the application of Orange EV’s technology in the Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractor, Orange EV says.
‘A New Truck They Already Know’
“The T-Series, a remanufactured solution which gives operators ‘a new truck they already know,’ has repeatedly proven it can do the job supporting 24 x 7 operations, cost effectively and with zero emissions,” Orange EV CEO Wayne Mathisen says in this week’s announcement.
“The opportunity to work with industry leader Kalmar Ottawa will enable Orange EV to accelerate adoption of electric terminal tractors,” Mathisen said.
Kalmar Ottawa invented the terminal tractor in 1958 and has sold more than twice as many trucks as its competitors combined. Kalmar Ottawa is known as the market leader in product innovation.
“The opportunity to blend our two products and distribution networks is a win-win,” said Kalmar Ottawa sales VP Dave Wood.
The T-Series, says Orange EV, has been tested and proven in a range of fleet operating environments including LTL (less-than-truckload) freight transportation, distribution, manufacturing and intermodal services. “Customer demonstrations onsite with national brand leaders showed that an electric terminal tractor can reliably do the job of current diesel trucks while delivering far greater environmental and financial value,” the company says.
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