Port Houston welcomes first zero-emissions drayage truck

Houston Drayage

Port Houston recently welcomed its first-ever zero-emissions drayage truck in partnership with Sunburst Truck Lines and Nikola Corporation.

The electric truck picked up a container from the Bayport Container Terminal before delivering it to its next destination.

This vehicle was manufactured by Nikola Corporation in Coolidge, Arizona and uses battery power instead of diesel, eliminating greenhouse gas and other emissions typically associated with combustion engine trucks.

Nikola’s new electric truck has a range of up to 350 miles, and it can charge up to 80 per cent in just over an hour and a half. The truck was brought to Port Houston’s public terminal by Sunburst Truck Lines, a family owned and operated intermodal freight handler for the Houston region.

In April, Port Houston announced its goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.

“We recently announced a goal for Port Houston’s public terminals to be carbon neutral by 2050. Now, just weeks later we have the arrival of our first zero emissions truck,” said Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther.

“This is one more step forward on the road to having zero emissions here in Houston and reaching our long-term sustainability goals. We are thrilled to partner with Sunburst Truck Lines on this important initiative.”

Nikola Corporation plans to deploy between 300 and 500 of these zero emissions trucks from its Arizona plant this year.

Port Houston reduced its carbon footprint by 55 per cent from 2016 to 2021 and studies showed a 21 per cent reduction in carbon footprint from 2013 to 2019 by Port Houston and the other varied operators who utilise the channel.

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