NFI, North America’s premier end-to-end supply chain solutions provider, was recently named as one of Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) Magazine’s 2020 Top Green Fleets. The list honors 25 industry leaders that have made a commitment to sustainability, alternative fuels, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions through fuel efficiency. For NFI, 2020 marks the seventh consecutive year the company has been awarded as a top green fleet.
Annually, Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) Magazine recognizes fleets that are leaders in saving fuel and cutting greenhouse gases; that are adding alternative-fueled, electric or hybrid-powered vehicles; and that are upgrading and building energy-saving facilities, among other green initiatives. Founded in 1932, NFI has emerged as a champion of sustainability and innovation in the industry. With a dedicated and drayage fleet made up of over 4,500 tractors and 12,500 trailers, NFI currently operates electric trucks, Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks fueled with renewable energy, and electric yard horse tractors.
“Incorporating electric and alternative-fueled vehicles into NFI’s fleet has put our company at the forefront of long-term sustainability and has already helped reduce the company’s carbon footprint,” said Bill Bliem, SVP of Fleet Services at NFI. “The projects we’ve embarked on with the industry’s leading manufacturers have allowed us to test the battery electric vehicles under real-world conditions and provide feedback to help enhance their integration, while at the same time minimizing pollution within our communities. It’s an exciting time to be at NFI as it leads the industry in sustainable transportation initiatives.”
NFI’s investment in both sustainable assets and infrastructure has made the company an ideal partner for innovative leaders in green transportation. Most recently, NFI joined Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) in celebrating 500,000 miles driven with its Class 8 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias. To support the fleet of 10 eCascadias, NFI installed electric charging stations within its Southern California operations. Other NFI California distribution centers operate Kalmar Ottawa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors, effectively replacing diesel terminal tractors. The company is also a member of the Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) program which just began piloting two Volvo VNR battery electric trucks earlier this year. In addition, NFI operates 10 lithium battery powered forklifts, 2 electric yard tractors, and 10 automotive chargers in its line of green technology.
NFI is a member of the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo High Volume Fleet Committee, as well as a four-time award-winning EPA SmartWay Partner and High Performer. That recognition can be attributed to its electric vehicle initiatives as well as fleet technology, which decreases fuel usage through aerodynamic components, downspeeding, battery powered Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), and low rolling resistance tires. As NFI administers sustainability tests that focus on key performance indicators, like miles per gallon and the EPA’s eight SmartWay emissions metrics, passing marks stem from the equipment onboard its vehicles.
NFI continues to pave the way for sustainable transportation solutions within the industry, differentiating itself from the field. In addition to its insights on sustainability, NFI offers expertise in supply chain solutions that encompass the food and beverage, retail, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing industries. The company’s integrated suite of solutions includes dedicated transportation, distribution, transportation management, brokerage, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.
Learn more about the Top Green Fleet award and view the full list from HDT here.