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Non-Road Transportation

​While the term “electric transportation” often refers to the cars and trucks that traverse our roads and highways, that’s only part of the discussion. The advantages that make electric cars an attractive option for individuals also apply to a whole range of transportation systems that support our nation’s ports, industrial facilities, and commercial operations.

The non-road transportation category (sometimes referred to as “off-road” or “off-highway”) captures a wide variety of specialized vehicles and equipment including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE), such as tugs and tractors
  • Material handling equipment, such as lift trucks
  • Gantry cranes, such as those that service seaports
  • Construction and mining equipment, such as conveyor systems
  • Rail yard switchers

Operators increasingly turn to electric power for a number of reasons. The primary driver is cost: electric-powered equipment typically has lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to conventional, internal combustion engine-powered options. Electric power is quiet, which makes it easier for workers to communicate and thus improves safety. Eliminating point-source emissions not only improves employee health – particularly for indoor applications – but also helps businesses meet their own sustainability goals and comply with environmental regulations.

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