Recently, members of the press and special guests were welcomed by Dole Fresh Fruit North America to their secure operations center at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in the Port of San Diego, to see a first-hand demonstration of their new tractors. Orange EV (UTR) battery-powered utility vehicles that replaced their four diesel-powered predecessors used for loading and unloading bananas and pineapples.
“Dole purchased the equipment using vouchers provided through the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CORE aims to accelerate the deployment of advanced technologies in the off-road sector by providing fleets with a simplified way to access financing that helps offset the additional costs of this technology. Funding for the program is allocated through the California State Legislature.
These vehicles represent the future of containerized freight handling, with the stated goals of dramatically improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
First, with the huge container ship “Dole Pacific”, two of Dole’s five new electric cargo vehicles and Dole’s larger-than-life mascots Bobby Banana and Penelope Pineapple as backdrops, we were welcomed with speeches by Nelson Montoya, president of Dole Fresh Fruits North America; Chairman Dan Malcolm, Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of San Diego; Nora Vargas, vice chairman, San Diego County Board of Supervisors and member of the California Air Resources Board (CARB); City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria; Xavier Roussel, Director of Marketing and Sustainable Development, Dole Food Company; Ray Leyba, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 29; Miguel Romero, Vice President – Energy Innovation, San Diego Gas & Electric; and Sarah Marsh, Terminal Manager, Dole Fresh Fruit.
Then our attention shifted to the demonstration, as the containers were transferred between the ship and the trailers towed by the new electric vehicles. Considering all the activity, the process was surprisingly quiet.
I was curious to see how the cranes so quickly attached cables to the very heavy containers, to transport them between the ship and the trailers. As I was told, the pallets on a “spreader bar” (which is the periphery of the containers) are equipped with cameras, to help the crane operator guide the spreader bar into place. Then a pin at each corner is locked into a small hole in each corner molded onto the container. After that, the heavy container can be lifted.
Orange EV provides fleets, such as Dole’s, with turnkey all-electric terminal trucks for clean, emission-free, environmentally friendly and quiet container handling operations. In the case of Dole, these trucks replaced four vehicles powered by diesel engines.
“As of April 2022, the deployed Orange EV fleet had exceeded 5 million miles and 1.4 million operating hours.” Their “purely electric, zero-emission yard trucks meet the most rigorous duty cycles and 24/7 work schedules in container handling operations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean” .
To learn more about Orange EV “Made in the USA” terminal trucks, visit https://orangeev.com.
Unfortunately, in case you were wondering, we didn’t receive miniature versions of Bobby Banana and Penelope Pineapple in our gift bags – which did include other Dole loot, however, plus a bunch of bananas and a delicious pineapple. .
Goodguys Del Mar Nationals Rods & Customs Cruise:
It’s only fitting to conclude my “AutoMatters & More” coverage of the 2022 Goodguys Del Mar Nationals with a leisurely “rods & customs” cruise along the iconic palm-lined Main Street of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Goodguys car shows celebrate people and their cars. These cars are meant to be driven, and at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals, these cars have actually been driven: in autocross, as noted in the first part of this report, in this cruise and, in many cases, to and from this wonderful annual event.
To learn more about the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and its auto shows, visit: https://www.good-guys.com.
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