Glasvan Great Dane showcases first pluggable hybrid-electric terminal tractor

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Glasvan Great Dane and Capacity of Texas yesterday showcased what they claim to be the very first pluggable hybrid-electric terminal tractor (PHETT) available in Canada.


The Capacity PHETT was introduced to media and customers at a special unveiling at Glasvan Great Dane, the exclusive Capacity dealer in Ontario.


“We are pleased to provide this one-of-a-kind technology in the terminal truck industry for our many customers,” said George Cobham, CEO, Glasvan Great Dane. The company will have the prototype in its possession until Aug. 28, when it will continue its tour across North America.


“As a leader in the terminal tractor industry, we are pleased to offer our Pluggable Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor,” said Phillip Ford, president of Capacity of Texas. “Capacity of Texas is dedicated to environmental stewardship by offering products with the latest technology in green propulsion. This product will change perceptions, reduce operational expense and emissions at all ports, intermodal yards and warehousing/distribution centres not only in North America, but throughout the world.”


Capacity’s Kevin Hebert told that in testing, the PHETT has proven to reduce fuel consumption by up to 60%, providing a three- to 3.5-year payback – without any government incentives.


It also reduces NOx by 77% and particulate matter by 82% compared to traditional shunt trucks with 2002 engines and by 39% and 53% respectively compared to 2009 engine technology, according to testing by the Port of Long Beach. It also dramatically reduces noise pollution. During a demonstration, the shunt truck operated nearly soundlessly – in fact the engine noise from a nearby BMW exceeded that of the PHETT.


Hebert said the PHETT can operate in full-electric mode for one to three hours. When the batteries are about 50% depleted, a gen-set kicks in and recharges them. When not in use, the terminal tractor can be plugged into a 220-volt power source for charging.


The Capacity PHETT will cost about 80% more than traditional terminal tractors, however the company is confident in its predictions of a 3.5-year payback, without government grants.


Look for a complete report on the Capacity PHETT in an upcoming issue of Truck News and Truck West and also in a future episode of our WebTV show Transportation Matters.

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