Truckload and intermodal services giant J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., has added five FUSO eCanter all-electric medium-duty box trucks to its private fleet, the company said this week. The trucks will be added to J.B. Hunt's Final Mile Services division and used for home delivery in Santa Fe Springs, California, and the greater Houston area, the company also said.
The firm unveiled two of the five custom-built trucks during an event at its corporate headquarters in Lowell, Ark., December 5. Company President and CEO John Roberts said the addition of the trucks is part of the company's effort to create a more sustainable transportation system. J.B. Hunt also was one of the first companies to commit to using Tesla Semi electric tractors, reserving 40 in November 2017.
"Our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and improve efficiency stretch across the supply chain, from intermodal load conversion to enhancing the aerodynamics and safety of our fleet," Roberts said in a statement announcing the addition of the electric box trucks. "This latest addition brings that effort to the last mile and directly to the consumer's doorstep."
J.B. Hunt says the FUSO eCanter truck, from Mitsubishi FUSO, has zero tailpipe emissions, eliminating the noise and carbon footprint of similar traditional trucks; costs as much as $2,000 less for each 12,000 miles driven; and has a driving range of up to 80 miles, making it ideal for inner-city, final mile delivery.