- PGT Trucking purchased its first Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) semi-truck, the carrier said Thursday. The purchase comes alongside a previous arrangement to lease 100 of Nikola Corp.’s electric trucks, which the transportation firm expects to arrive this year.
- The carrier, which offers flatbed, dedicated, international and specialized services, said it will immediately use the truck, chiefly along local, dedicated routes. The addition comes as customers have a need for sustainable solutions, Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking president, said in a news release.
- Troian said that his company is “utilizing innovative technology and zero-emissions equipment to provide progressive transportation services for our customers, enhanced lifestyle benefits for our drivers and sustainable shipping methods for the environment.”
PGT Trucking seeks to reduce carbon emissions from its fleet by 35% by 2025, aligning with a Biden administration push for zero-emission vehicle production by 2040.
Its newly created Research and Development Department has been examining new uses for the battery-electric truck, analyzing the adoption of more environmentally helpful practices.
Other companies making moves with sustainability strategies include Beyond Meat seeking to scale electric trucks in the U.S. over a five-year period, according to a 2022 announcement; J.B. Hunt announcing in April a carbon offset credit program for its intermodal customers; and Tesla delivering electric trucks to PepsiCo in December.
In June, PGT Trucking announced the appointment of a new executive position to lead its decarbonization efforts: Laurence Cox, vice president of sustainability, is running the carrier’s new Research and Development Department.
“We are working to align ourselves with [customers’] green energy commitments,” Troian said in the release. “With the purchase of the Nikola Tre BEV, PGT is prepared to meet these demands.”