J.B. Hunt reveals its first all-electric truck, 5 to haul bulky items to homes

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services has added five Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter trucks to its fleet, and they are the Lowell-based carrier’s first all-electric trucks. The carrier on Wednesday (Dec. 5) had two of the trucks on display for the media at its corporate headquarters.

The trucks will haul freight for retailers and be used for home delivery of bulky items, such as appliances and furniture, said Craig Harper, chief operations officer for J.B. Hunt. With zero tailpipe emissions, they will cut carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional trucks.

 

“We’ve always been trying to look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” Harper said. “We do a lot of that with our intermodal operations. Last year alone, we saved 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by putting that freight on the train instead of having the trucks on the road hauling that freight. That’s equivalent to taking 700,000 cars off the road a year. It goes along again with our goals of having safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transportation.”

The company didn’t disclose the purchase price of the trucks or whether they were leased or purchased, but compared to a conventional diesel truck, the operating costs for the eCanter are expected to be as much as $2,000 lower for every 12,000 miles driven. The eCanter has a driving range of 60-80 miles, and its battery can be charged up to 80% in one to two hours, Harper said.

The company acquired the trucks a few weeks ago and recently installed logos and branding on them. Charging stations have been installed at the terminals where they will be operating, and the trucks also can be charged at public stations. They are expected to start hauling freight in the next few weeks in the Houston area and in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

“I have driven the truck, and it’s quite fun to drive,” Harper said. “When you ride in our other trucks, you get used to seeing and hearing all the shifting whether it’s an automatic or standard. With this truck, you actually touch the pedal, and you get acceleration. It’s quiet, and it’s a lot of fun to drive.”

Read more: https://talkbusiness.net/2018/12/j-b-hunt-reveals-its-first-all-electric-truck-5-to-haul-bulky-items-to-homes/

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