Red Hook Container Terminals LLC today announced that it has commenced regular commercial operation of ten BYD Motors zero-emissions battery-powered electric yard tractors at its container terminal in Port Newark, New Jersey.
BYD says the Red Hook fleet represents the largest deployment of zero-emissions battery electric trucks in the eastern United States and the first at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Marine Terminals.
Electric yard tractors are now used to move freight containers at the Port Newark terminal. Trucks are also used to travel between the Red Hook Marine Terminal and other terminals in Port Newark and Port Elizabeth, as well as access to the Millennium Marine Railyard.
Red Hook operates a through-port barge operation that takes thousands of truck trips per year on the New Jersey and New York freeways. Red Hook is actively involved in the development and use of clean energy and technologies. An example is the offshore wind port project in the port of NY/NJ.
“These zero-emissions electric yard tractors are not the finish line in meeting the port’s goal of reducing emissions. But it is a major step forward,” said Sam Ruda, director of the Ports Department for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority. This indicates that the technology is rapidly evolving and applied to container terminals, and emphasizes the role that the public and private sectors play in making this a reality. The electrification of these yard tractors is solid evidence of how the Port Authority and its partners are moving forward to reduce the effects of freight emissions. “
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