Peterbilt delivered 10 electric Class 8 Model 579EV trucks to Shippers Transport Express to use in the company's drayage operations at the Port of Oakland.
The fully integrated, battery-electric 579EV in operation by Shippers Transport is optimized for drayage operations requiring two to three trips a day, of up to 50 miles in length before returning home at night to recharge. When used in conjunction with a recommended DC fast-charger, the battery packs recharge in three to four hours.
Five additional Model 579EVs are scheduled to be put into service as part of Shippers Transport's Port of Long Beach drayage operations in November.
“With the recent completion of the charging infrastructure at the Port of Oakland, right now is the perfect time to put our ten Peterbilt Model 579EVs into service and demonstrate the benefits zero-emission trucks will provide moving cargo around our California ports,” said Guy Sanderson, general manager of Shippers Oakland, in a press release.
The order with Shipper’s Transport Express is part of a $50 million grant obtained from the California Air Resources Board’s Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facility (ZANZEFF) program. ZANZEFF funds are allocated to transform emissions reduction strategies at freight facilities throughout the state, Peterbilt officials said in a press release. The project is also part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment.
Founded in 1993, Shippers Transport specializes in the movement of goods from ports to local distribution centers. Based out of Carson, California, Shippers Transport operates out of four ports up and down the West Coast of the United States.