NWSA Welcoming First All-Electric Yard Handling Equipment

Northwest Seaport Alliance
Northwest Seaport Alliance
Six electric cargo trucks, such as the ones pictured here, are the outcome of an agreement between the Northwest Seaport Alliance and multiple partner agencies. Photo courtesy NWSA.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is welcoming the first all-electric yard handling equipment to its gateway with the arrival of six electric cargo trucks to the South Intermodal Yard in Tacoma, the Alliance announced March 3.

Funding for the electric truck project came from Tacoma Power, Rail Management Services and Diesel Reduction Act grant funds. The investment includes six electric yard trucks, which would move cargo on chassis to and from container stacks and rail cars, the NWSA said.

The all-electric trucks are expected to help lower GHGs by about 259 tons annually and diesel particulate matter by 1.41 tons per year in the Seattle-Tacoma gateway, according to the Alliance.

“Partnerships like this move our community forward toward a clean energy future,” Tacoma Power manager Clay Norris said. “Transportation is the top polluter in our region, and we can help combat that by transitioning the fueling of vehicles to our clean, renewable hydroelectric energy.”

By Karen Robes Meeks