Port of Virginia bolsters sustainable vehicles electrification

Drone shot of cranes unloading a container ship and straddle carriers loading them onto trucks in Portsmouth Marine Terminal in the Port of Virginia.

Software company for electric fleet charging networks, ElectroTempo, has announced a strategic partnership with the Port of Virginia to enhance vehicle electrification initiatives.

This is expected to help the port to optimise vehicle electrification (EV) initiatives across a range of scenarios, heightening energy efficiency, cutting emissions, and driving down costs. 

This partnership was brokered and facilitated by the global accelerator network focused on supply chain innovation, ZEBOX.

“We live and breathe sustainability and innovation at ZEBOX, so it’s our top priority to help creative, climate-conscious companies like ElectroTempo and the Port of Virginia connect for mutual gain,” said Charley Dehoney, VP of ZEBOX America.

Committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2040, the port has significantly increased its electric vehicle count in recent years.

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To support the changing needs of their expanding electrified fleet, as well as those of third-party EVs visiting the site, the port has implemented ElectroTempo’s analytics system, allowing for advanced charging optimisation driven by real-time data analysis.  

With the ElectroTempo platform, the Port of Virginia aims to acquire the tools needed to evaluate its electrified fleet and determine the most sustainable and cost-efficient configuration of EVs and infrastructure.

In addition, by leveraging ElectroTempo’s intelligent analytics, the port can assess charging demand and charger coverage for key external partners, as well as create EV adoption scenarios to help guide the organisation’s future electrification strategy.

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“To reach our net-zero goals, we need bold and creative solutions across our operations, including in vehicle electrification, and ZEBOX is playing an instrumental role in this effort by connecting us with innovative startups like ElectroTempo,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

“ElectroTempo is equipping us with data-driven technology to optimise the use and charging of electric vehicles while maintaining our commitment to safety, service, and efficiency.”

This partnership comes a year after the Port of Virginia said it will fulfil all of its operational electricity needs from clean-energy resources by 2024.

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