Red Hook Container Terminal tractor fleet leads to emissions drop

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Red Hook Container Terminals LLC has announced the results of the first quarter of operating performance data for its terminal tractor fleet.

The company has a total of 10 BYD Motors heavy-duty zero-emission battery-electric terminal tractors operating at its container terminal in the Port of Newark, New Jersey.

The fleet has achieved an 81 per cent decline in fuel costs and a 90 per cent drop in climate-altering CO2 emissions, compared to previous performance with diesel-powered vehicles.

The Red Hook fleet also represents the single largest deployment of zero-emission battery-electric terminal tractors in eastern United States and the first at a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey marine terminal.

“I am happy to report that the operating results for the BYD battery-electric terminal tractors are truly outstanding,” said Mike Stamatis, President & CEO of Red Hook Container Terminal LLC.

“We have recorded an 81 per cent decline in fuel costs and a 90 per cent decline in CO2 emissions, all while achieving 100 per cent uptime of our terminal tractor fleet. The BYD terminal tractors and Amply Power control systems are both working perfectly. We are now pursuing additional emission reduction projects in Red Hook’s drive to net-zero by 2025.”

In a statement, Red Hook said that AMPLY POWER’s OMEGA software system is key for the tractors’ charging and low fuelling costs.

According to the terminal, OMEGA optimises charging for low costs while keeping the amount of electricity drawn at the site within peak load limits. The software also manages the charging operation to identify and resolve any problems that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Patrick Duan, Senior Vice President of Operations at BYD North America, added: “The Red Hook Terminal and the Port of Newark are a great proving ground for BYD’s advanced and innovative battery-electric technology. These results show that a hard-at-work operation like the Red Hook Terminal, and the community it serves, benefits from eliminating carbon from our atmosphere.

“Congratulations to the Red Hook Terminal and Port of Newark for achieving these very positive results.”

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