How NFI Deployed 50 Battery-Electric Trucks in California

Source: HDT

NFI had just gotten into the West Coast drayage business in a big way with the 2017 purchase of CalCartage when Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Semi electric truck. NFI executives immediately saw drayage as an ideal use case for such a truck.

So NFI’s team went to talk to its legacy truck makers.

“We said, ‘If this is something you’re thinking about, we want to be a part of it,” says Jim O’Leary, VP of Assets for New Jersey-based NFI.

The following year, NFI and Penske were chosen to test Freightliner’s electric trucks as part of its Innovation Fleet, followed by being part of the Volvo LIGHTS project, both of which were designed to get real-world input into Class 8 electric-truck development.

It’s a journey that has led NFI to the official unveiling Feb. 27 of 50 Class 8 electric trucks, running out of a new electric charging depot at its warehouse in Ontario, California.

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Funding Partners

JETSI is jointly financed by California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission ($26.98 million), MSRC ($8 million), and South Coast AQMD ($5.4 million), with an additional $21.7 million from Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, NFI, and Schneider. JETSI is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.