Red Hook Terminals is one of the largest cargo handling facilities on the east coast of the United States, with three facilities in the Port of NY&NJ and another in Baltimore. Port facilities rely on specialized trucks called yard tractors to move cargo around within the facility. It’s a complex and complicated process that requires careful coordination. Traditionally, those yard tractors are powered by diesel engines which spew copious quantities of pollutants out of their exhaust stacks, especially at idle.
Recently, Red Hook Terminals acquired 10 battery-electric terminal tractors manufactured by BYD to replace some of those diesel trucks. There were some concerns about doing so. Would the benefits of those electric tractors promised by EV advocates happen in the real world, where reliability is essential to keeping the freight moving? Would charging the trucks be an issue? Now, after the first full quarter using the BYD terminal tractors, the data is in and the results are astounding.
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