Used Diesel Trucks Houston – J.B. Hunt Transport Services has added five Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter trucks to its fleet, and they are the first all-electric trucks based in Lowell. The carrier on Wednesday (December 5) has two trucks on display for the media at the company’s headquarters.
The trucks will transport goods to retailers and are used for shipping large-sized items at home, such as equipment and furniture, said Craig Harper, chief operating officer for J.B. Hunt. With zero exhaust emissions, they will reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional trucks.
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“We always try to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” Harper said. “We do many things with our intermodal operations. Just last year, we saved 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by placing the items on the train rather than carrying trucks on the road that carried the goods. That’s equivalent to spending 700,000 cars every year. This is in line with our aim to have safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transportation. ”
The company does not disclose the purchase price of trucks or whether they are rented or purchased, but compared to conventional diesel trucks, the operating costs for eCanter are expected to be $ 2,000 lower for every 12,000 miles driven. ECanter has a driving range of 60-80 miles, and the battery can be charged up to 80% in one to two hours, said Harper.
The company acquired a truck a few weeks ago and recently installed a logo and brand on them. Filling stations have been installed in the terminal where they will operate, and trucks can also be charged at public stations. They are expected to start transporting goods in the next few weeks in the Houston area and in Santa Fe Springs, California.
“I have driven a truck, and it’s quite fun to drive,” Harper said. “When you drive our other trucks, you are used to seeing and hearing all shifts whether it’s automatic or standard. With this truck, you really touch the pedal, and you get acceleration. It’s quiet, and it’s very fun to drive.”
The trucks will operate on the Final Mile Service operator network, which is part of Dedicated
Contract Services Segment. In the third quarter, Final Mile Services revenues rose $ 23 million, from the same period in 2017. Between the second and third quarters, operators added 598 trucks in special fleets, and 5% related to Final Mile Services. At the end of the third quarter, J.B. Hunt has 17,229 trucks in all dedicated segments, between modes and trucks, and nearly 10,000 trucks are in a special segment.
J.B. Hunt is the second national airline to introduce eCanter trucks in the United States, according to a news release.
“As the first large truck manufacturer to release all series series trucks produced, Fuso is excited to work with supply chain leader JB Hunt on this industry milestone,” said Justin Palmer, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. “ECanter shows that the future of electric trucks is very possible and no longer a prototype but a real truck that delivers real goods every day.”
Also, J.B. Hunt revealed he would buy 40 Tesla Semi semi-electric trucks. In November 2017, the company announced that it had ordered several trucks to be used in the intermodal contract service segment and was dedicated to supporting operations on the West Coast. When asked when the company planned to receive the trucks, Harper said the company would wait and see and would operate the truck once the truck received it. The trucks are expected to begin shipping in 2019, and Harper said J.B. Hunt must be the first to receive a truck.
Production of class 8 trucks, which are the largest truck class, is expected to continue to increase in 2019, but because of changes in truck demand, diesel engine orders will be affected, according to ACT Research and Rhein Associates transportation analysts. The percentage of trucks produced in class 8 is expected to drop from 73% in 2018 to 68% in 2021, said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. The percentage of trucks produced is straight trucks which are expected to increase to 32%. At the same time, the number of smaller diesel engines produced for 8th grade trucks is expected to exceed larger engines for the first time in 2019.
“Diesel power is attacked in the long run for use on commercial vehicles on highways,” said Ken Vieth, general manager of ACT Research. “Alternative energy is being developed, tested and refined, while diesel engines are also transitioning to become more efficient and cleaner fuels.”
J.B shares. Hunt (NASDAQ: JBHT) closed on Tuesday (December 4) at $ 100.63, down $ 4.38 or 4.17% after hitting a 52-week low of $ 99.63 on Tuesday. The 52-week high was $ 131.74. The market was closed on Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday (November 30) at the age of 94 years. The 41st US presidential funeral service is Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The market will reopen on Thursday (December 6).
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