August 28, 2015: 3PL National Retail Systems has launched a zero emissions electric drayage operation exclusively for IKEA Distribution Services North America in Los Angeles.
The electric drayage tractors run on a 100 percent electric charge, eliminating the use of gasoline. The operating range is up to 100 miles. As a first approach, NRS will pull IKEA containers from the Port of Los Angeles to the yard, allowing a zero emission transport of containers off port property.
Moving forward, the truck has the capacity to handle round trips from the NRS yard to any of the IKEA stores in the L.A. market. Thus, this program will potentially allow zero emission transport of IKEA containers from the port to the local stores.
NRS has made significant infrastructure updates to accommodate the "ElecTruck" by building energy charging stations. The Navistar International Class 8 tractor, converted to use a battery-electric propulsion system by TransPower, a Southern California company, will add to NRS's current environmental initiatives to run greener.
"We are excited to work with IKEA in rolling out zero emissions electric drayage trucks in Los Angeles, and hope that the operation is a success," said Raymond Wisniewski, COO and president of NRS. "I look forward to expanding our green technology, and reducing our carbon footprint."
NRS includes Keystone Freight and National Retail Transportation. NRS is a family-owned and operated 3PL company that has been providing services for the world's leading retailers for 60-plus years.