Seaspan Ferries Corporation has placed an order for the first Terberg battery powered terminal trucks in North America, as the company continues efforts to reduce its air emissions and improve local air quality.
Two European-manufactured Terberg YT203-EV 222 kWh electric terminal trucks have been ordered and are expected to be delivered in December 2021.
The new Terberg battery-powered trucks will form part of a pilot project to demonstrate the high efficiency, reliability, and cost-effective performance of battery-powered trucks.
The pilot project is part of Seaspan Ferries’ commitment to continue reducing its air emissions profile. Upon successful validation of the two trucks in a rigorous port terminal environment, Seaspan intends to continue evaluation of replacing the remaining 22 diesel powered trucks with battery powered alternatives.
“We have started our path towards fleet emissions reductions with the introduction of our LNG/Battery hybrid vessel and successfully integrate batteries to our propulsion systems. This has given us the knowledge and desire to continue to explore different avenues of reducing emissions through alternative technology and now look forward to developing an electric terminal truck program,” said Harly Penner, Director of Fleet Engineering & Vessel Development.
Supported through a Part 3 Agreement under the BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Seaspan Ferries will receive 1,556 credits, valued at $440,348, for the two terminal trucks for actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Part 3 Agreement supports acquisition of 10 trucks over five years as well as the accompanying charging equipment.
“We’re offering support through our CleanBC Go Electric program and BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard Part 3 Agreement to make it easier for B.C. businesses to make the switch to clean energy,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “Seaspan’s battery-powered trucks will help demonstrate environmental and economic benefits to making that switch, putting B.C. on the path to a clean energy future.”