Social responsibility is a core value at NFI and we are dedicated to exploring new and innovative ways to operate more sustainably. NFI has implemented a variety of clean technologies and equipment to reduce our carbon footprint across our operations in North America in order to push both our and our customers’ sustainable supply chain initiatives forward.
Recognized as a four-time award-winning EPA SmartWay Partner, as well as SmartWay High Performer, NFI currently operates electric trucks with industry-leading manufacturers like Daimler and Volvo, as well as Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks fueled with renewable energy and electric yard horse tractors to reduce its carbon footprint. Additionally, NFI’s fleet is outfitted with a variety of aerodynamic components to enhance fuel efficiency.
Leading the Charge with Electric Vehicle Manufacturers
Daimler Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council
As a member of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council, NFI is one of the first companies to deploy the eCascadia into its commercial operations. The eCascadias operate within NFI’s drayage operations in Southern California. NFI will test the battery electric vehicles under real-world conditions and provide feedback to help enhance the integration of commercial electric vehicles into operations. Additionally, NFI has installed electric charging stations within its Chino, CA operations.
Volvo LIGHTS Project Partner
NFI is among the top industry leaders in transportation to partner with Volvo Trucks and California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for the Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project. The Volvo LIGHTS project is part of a statewide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment. In 2020, NFI began piloting Volvo VNR Electric trucks into their commercial operations. NFI continues to demonstrate the ability for battery-electric trucks to successfully transport freight under a variety of operating conditions.
Kalmar Ottawa T2E Electric Terminal Tractor
NFI will receive 25 Kalmar Ottawa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors from Cargotec for use in its California distribution centers within the first half of 2020. The Kalmar Ottawa T2E Electric Terminal Tractor features lithium-ion battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source. The Kalmar Ottawa T2E does not produce fumes and generates less noise and heat compared to an average diesel tractor.
A Green Approach to Distribution Operations
NFI also emphasizes green initiatives within its distribution space. Among the company’s sustainable efforts within its warehouses are electric and propane-powered forklifts, lithium battery forklift demonstration units, robotic stretch wrapping, and extensive recycling programs. Additionally, NFI’s real estate team strives to build all new construction to meet LEED standards for greater efficiency, reducing utility costs and environmental impact.
NFI continues to identify and implement new and innovative ways to create cleaner communities, reduce our carbon footprint, and operate more efficiently throughout all of our operations across North America. Contact us to learn more about how NFI can help push your green initiatives forward.