Best Transportation, which is headquartered in Port Newark, New Jersey made some noise on the sustainability front this week. In fact, well, they made history. The company picked up a container in Maher Terminal which also happens to be located in the same port and hauled it to a Costco somewhere in New Jersey without any problems.
This seemingly basic shipping job was historic, because it was the first time a zero-emission vehicle had been utilized by Best Transportation. Furthermore, it highlights the first step in Best Transportation’s plan to up the amount of electric trucks in its current fleet. According to the GreenPort, a website that supplies business information on environmental best practices and the role of corporations in and around marine ports and terminals. They look hard also at shipping, and the transport and logistics of businesses.
“Best Transportation is proud to be the first trucker to move a container through the Port of New York and New Jersey and deliver to a customer, with a zero-emissions vehicle. We made history today,” said Tom Heimgartner, president of Best Transportation.
Heimgartner went on to indicate this moment represented just a small step in their zero-emission vehicle program. He said they were actively and aggressively trying to limit their carbon footprint.
Best Transportation’s Eco-Friendly Mission
This test run of the zero-emission truck was just a part of its continued sustainability program. In addition to the BYD Zero Emissions On Highway Tractor, Best Transportation is targeting the introduction of four electric yard hostlers to be used within the port.
Best Transportation did make a point to say that development of the electric-powered class 8 heavy duty tractor trailers has a long way to go and that they are just in the beginning stages. Right now, according to the company, the trucks don’t possess the range or enough horsepower to carry heavy load. Nevertheless, it is busy buying and testing new electric trucks to make sure they are ahead of the game.
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