Exciting progress is underway in the logistics industry as Capacity Trucks, a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc., unveils its groundbreaking innovation—a lithium-ion-powered terminal truck that emits zero emissions. This cutting-edge vehicle made its debut at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, California, signaling a significant shift towards clean energy in the transportation of goods.
The implications of this development extend beyond the realm of logistics, as these trucks play a crucial role in delivering products to stores, restaurants, and directly to consumers’ doorsteps. Traditionally, these vehicles have relied on diesel fuel, contributing substantially to air pollution. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attributes approximately 29% of heat-trapping gases in the United States in 2021 to transportation.
However, envision a world where all these trucks operate on electricity—an environmentally-friendly alternative. This is the vision pursued by Capacity Trucks, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of everyday purchases and global trade. Their new terminal truck, powered by a Hyster-Yale electric powertrain, offers flexibility with the option of a 130-kilowatt-hour or 260-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Designed for a standard shift, it can be recharged in as little as an hour, ensuring minimal downtime and maximizing efficiency, both vital factors in the fast-paced logistics and transportation sector.
This milestone achievement did not come overnight. Over the past decade, Capacity Trucks has been dedicated to developing advanced zero-emission products, drawing upon its nearly 50-year history of constructing reliable and industrious yard trucks. In 2020, the company partnered with Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. to develop electric and hydrogen-powered terminal tractors jointly. By leveraging the expertise of both entities, they aim to mitigate and eliminate the harmful pollution produced by heavy trucks in ports and warehouses.
Notably, Capacity Trucks also introduced a hydrogen fuel cell electric terminal truck earlier this year, broadening their commitment to sustainable solutions.
The advent of lithium-ion battery-powered and hydrogen-powered trucks represents a significant stride towards a more sustainable future in heavy-duty transportation. These innovations bring us closer to a world where the transportation of goods no longer exacerbates the global climate crisis.
By revolutionizing the logistics industry, Capacity Trucks is spearheading the transition towards cleaner, greener, and more responsible modes of transportation, leaving a positive imprint on our planet.