Location: Olathe, KS

Fleet Type: Heavy-duty Electric Terminal Tractor

 

Narrative

Heavy-duty terminal tractors aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind whenever electric vehicles are considered. Yet, in Metropolitan Energy Center’s (MEC) partnership with Lazer Logistics, we have brought sustainability to the forefront of this transportation sector.

As a part of our EVUM (Electric Vehicles in Underserved Markets) campaign, MEC has worked with a variety of places, industries, and companies in Missouri and Kansas. One of which we have had the pleasure of working with is Lazer Logistics. Based in Olathe, Kansas, spotting is their main business, “with trained drivers and specialized equipment managing trailers within yards and campuses.” Their mission on their website is further detailed as guaranteeing “the smooth flow of goods and materials in the dynamic world of logistics and supply chain management.”

Lazer Logistics is an EPA-certified SmartWay partner, meaning they minimize their carbon footprint inside and out. MEC is proud to work with a company striving to be a more efficient and environmentally friendly enterprise.

In our EVUM partnership with Lazer Logistics, we have identified De Soto, Kansas, and Independence, Missouri as the locations best fitting for the electric terminal tractors. The grant will supply two trucks for both locations. De Soto’s location will be a new construction, so while the tractors haven’t been employed yet, we are looking for full operations between Q1 and Q2 of 2024. As for Independence, they will be in Q4 of 2023, with the latest being Q1 of 2024. This should meet the DOE’s deadline of deployments, which is February 2024, and bring electrification to their fleets by the new year.

Outputs and Outcomes

The Outputs of the EVUM project for Lazer Logistics have been the deployment of four Orange EV yard trucks along with their relative EVSE infrastructure. Four more trucks will be deployed over the following year as well as Four other DCFC charging stations. The yard trucks have been well received by all employees who use them; many are amazed by how quiet and efficient they are. Compared to the rumble of diesel engine trucks, it is a relaxing break for many employees. The Outcomes of the EVUM project for Lazer Logistics are a newfound understanding of large-scale EV vehicles and how it can affect their daily duties. Lazer now understands the benefit these trucks can offer their freight yards and operations as a whole, and plan to electrify their entire fleet as time and money permit.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

A lesson learned from Lazer Logistics is how much of an impact electrification can have on the quality of life for a company’s employees. Most people think of the lack of noise that comes with operating an EV as a downside, but it turns out to be a different story for heavy-duty vehicles. Diesel engines are notoriously loud and sometimes tend to shake the yard truck vehicles that Lazer Logistics previously operated. With the electrification of these yard trucks, employees at Lazer have found their daily tasks to be much easier and more peaceful. They no longer have to listen to the growl of a diesel engine for their whole shift. So, depending on the situation, the quietness that comes with EVs can greatly benefit your quality of life.

The EVUM program helped with this to some extent, but Lazer was so satisfied with the yard trucks that they have committed to purchasing 25+ EV replacements for their freight yards: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/lazer-spot-buys-over-25-electric-yard-spotters-from-orange-ev

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