PGT Trucking announced the order of its first Nikola Tre battery-electric semi-truck. This makes PGT the first flatbed trucking company to actively expand its fleet with zero-emission vehicles. The Nikola Tre BEV will be immediately used by PGT on a select customer account and will primarily operate on local, dedicated routes.
According to PGT Trucking President Gregg Troian, “Our customers have expressed a need for sustainable shipping solutions, and we are working to align ourselves with their green energy commitments. With the purchase of the Nikola Tre BEV, PGT is prepared to meet these demands.” PGT aims to revolutionize the industry through the Future of Flatbed program, which aims to provide progressive transportation services, enhanced lifestyle benefits for drivers, and sustainable shipping methods through the use of innovative technology and zero-emission equipment.
The company’s new Research and Development Department, led by Vice President of Sustainability Laurence Cox, will be responsible for analyzing and implementing green fleet solutions, identifying additional short-haul uses for the battery-electric truck, and exploring new initiatives to support its operation across various platforms.
In the past, PGT has signed a letter of intent to lease 100 Nikola Tre fuel cell electric vehicle trucks, which are expected to be integrated into the company’s fleet later this year. With the addition of the zero-emission equipment, PGT is on track to achieve its sustainability goal of reducing carbon emissions from its company-owned fleet by 35% by 2025.
“This is a tangible example of how PGT is shaping the Future of Flatbed in the transportation sector, solidifying our commitment to our customers’ sustainability goals,” stated Cox. “We are excited to put our Nikola Tre BEV to work, further refining the application of this advanced equipment through our R&D department.”
The PGT Flatbed Fleet’s elite drivers, known as the “Future of Flatbed Fleet,” will be the first to test the Nikola Tre BEV in real-world scenarios while hauling flatbed loads. These drivers were chosen through a rigorous application process and have received specialized training on the equipment, as well as participating in product development meetings and pilot programs. They will work closely with PGT’s R&D Department and customer representatives to ensure the success of the project.
“PGT’s decision to place a Nikola Tre BEV immediately into operation is telling of their commitment to drive forward their ambitious corporate sustainability initiatives today,” said Nikola Corporation, President and CEO, Michael Lohscheller. “We are extremely proud to partner with another well-respected industry leader by providing progressive zero-emission transportation solutions that are intended to improve safety, reduce costs and CO2 emissions, and improve overall total cost of ownership.”