Orange EV and Dimension Fabricators, Inc. announced the deployment of a custom Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck to Dimension’s manufacturing facility in the Schenectady, NY area. The Orange EV electric yard truck joins Dimension’s fleet of specialty tractors and trailers, all designed for 100-foot loads of concrete-reinforcing steel products.
Powered by solar energy generated onsite, the new 100% electric truck further reduces Dimension’s carbon footprint, increases energy efficiency, decreases operational costs, and helps customers achieve supply-chain sustainability goals. The emission-free Orange EV truck can be used indoors, and the clean, quiet, vibration-free operation improves employee health and safety.
Dimension unveiled its 942-kW solar array in August 2017 and five months later deployed its first pure-electric terminal truck, now effectively free to fuel with energy generated by Dimension’s rooftop solar panels.
The electric truck was purchased using funds through the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
As a result of the Truck Voucher Incentive Program, Dimension deployed the Orange EV truck for about the price of a diesel. By eliminating diesel fuel, exhaust fluid, and other diesel-related expenses, Dimension expects significantly reduced lifetime operating costs. Dimension anticipates fuel and preventative maintenance savings of at least $10,000-$15,000 annually on 2,000-2,500 hours of truck operation.
Orange EV directly discounted the price of Dimension’s truck using the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program. Funds are still available but fleets are encouraged to act by end of March; under the current program, trucks must be delivered and funds redeemed by 30 June 2018.