The transportation industry accounts for 27% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the largest contributor among key sectors. Most fleets have embraced a more sustainable mindset aimed at improving operational efficiencies to ultimately reduce carbon emissions, such as avoiding deadhead miles, limiting idle time and maximizing fuel efficiency. These methods, while marginally beneficial, are not enough to produce widescale improvements on their own. The trucking industry needs to adopt innovative technology and equipment to make a significant reduction in carbon emissions, truly revolutionizing transportation as we know it. Customer demand is high for environmentally friendly services to create a sustainable supply chain and reduce their Scope 3 emissions.
PGT Trucking purchased our first Nikola Tre Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) this year, actively deploying the unit on a dedicated customer account to create the first sustainable shipping lane in flatbed transportation. PGT will also begin receiving the initial order of our 100 Nikola Tre Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) at the end of 2023. Like the Nikola Tre BEV, the Nikola Tre FCEV will be integrated into the PGT fleet, expanding PGT’s service offerings to provide sustainable shipping solutions for our customers.
PGT also recently launched our Research and Development Department, led by Laurence Cox, Vice President, Sustainability. The R&D Department is tasked with exploring additional applications of the Nikola Tre BEV and FCEV units and other green initiatives, helping PGT achieve our carbon emissions reduction goal: reducing carbon emissions from our company-owned fleet by 35% by the year 2025.