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Port Report: NY-NJ port moves container via electric truck

Third busiest U.S. port prods carriers and owner-operators to use low- and zero-emissions trucks.

The Port of New York and New Jersey is touting efforts to clear the air around its marine terminals as the first zero-emission drayage truck goes into service. 

New Jersey-based Best Transportation used an electric truck to transport a 14,000-pound container from Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, New Jersey to a Costco location 34 miles away in Monroe, New Jersey. This is the first trial of a zero-emission truck for a container move, the port said. 

The second-generation battery electric drayage truck from China’s BYD is powered by a battery pack that produces enough power for an estimated range of 125 miles per charge. The truck’s day cab is rated at 26,235 pounds and can carry a combined maximum weight of 105,000 pounds.

The Port of New York and New Jersey said the success of the trial is part of the port’s efforts “to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions across all of its facilities.”

Those efforts include grants to cover half the cost of replacing trucks with 1996 through 2003 model year engines with 2013 or later engines. 

Starting in July, the port limited new enrollments in the port’s drayage truck registry to models that meet 2010 emissions standards.    

Best Transportation is also testing the use of a zero-emission battery electric terminal tractor at a container yard facility. The port said that one electric drayage truck and 14 electric terminal tractors will be in service at New Jersey Ports.

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