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McLane Deploys Zero-Emission Class 8 Trucks Further Reducing Carbon Footprint


Orange EV and McLane Company, Inc. announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal trucks to the McLane Foodservice distribution center in Riverside, California. Deploying heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles furthers McLane’s Green Advantage initiatives to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

“This deployment highlights McLane’s standards of innovation and leadership,” says Don Jalbert, Orange EV national sales director. “Other fleets may continue down the same road with diesel, but McLane chose to forge a cleaner, more sustainable path with Orange EV electric, permanently eliminating diesel emissions and providing cleaner, safer, more reliable equipment for their employees.”

McLane’s pure-electric yard trucks (terminal trucks, hostlers, spotters) are expected to operate more than 7,500 hours annually which, over a 10-year period, are estimated to eliminate emissions equivalent to driving a passenger vehicle 2.6 million miles or burning 1.3 million pounds of coal.

California’s recently adopted Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation aims for 100% zero-emission new truck sales by 2045 and requires large companies to report fleet composition and vehicle operations. Additionally, ACT joins a complex set of rules with which diesel fleet operators must comply. “The regulation of diesel engines in California is an ever-changing environment,” comments Dan James, director of transportation for McLane. “Deploying Orange EV trucks allows us to successfully integrate heavy-duty electric vehicles into our system while significantly simplifying compliance.”

Before selecting the Orange EV T-Series, McLane researched multiple vendors. “McLane strives to stand at the forefront of technological advancements in our industry, so we chose to partner with Orange EV, the manufacturer with the best track record and most developed product,” James says. “They aren’t a diesel company building electric yard trucks. Orange EV is an electric yard truck company building electric yard trucks. The difference is clear.”

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