BYD delivers 100th electric truck in U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – BYD recently reached a new milestone, delivering its 100th battery-electric truck in the U.S.

The Class 8 truck was delivered to Anheuser-Busch, which will use it to support its Oakland, Calif., operations. The truckmaker has delivered more than 12,000 zero-emissions trucks worldwide.

“This is a great milestone for BYD, and it is just the beginning,” said Aaron Gillmore, BYD’s vice-president, truck business. “Our trucks are hard at work every day proving that electric is the new standard. 2020 will be a fantastic year for battery-electric trucks.”

“We are proud to continue to build on our commitment to sustainable logistics through our partnership with BYD in California,” added Joaquin Schlottmann, vice-president of Tier 2 logistics at Anheuser-Busch. “By integrating zero-emission vehicles into our distribution fleet, we are taking another step towards reaching our sustainability goals and helping ensure our beers are delivered in the most sustainable way possible.”

BYD said Anheuser-Busch extensively tested the truck on range, acceleration, gradeability, charging speed and more.

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8 named finalists for national tank truck driver award

The National Tank Truck Carriers has named eight professional tank truck drivers as this year’s Champion Finalists for its Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award.

The 2019-2020 Champion Finalists include:

Ronald Baird, Hoffman Transportation LLC./ G&D Trucking, Inc.
James W. Ellis, Sr., Grammer Industries, Inc.
Ronald Evans, Liquid Cargo, Inc.
Darrien Henderson, J & M Tank Lines, Inc.
Alen Smailovic, Highway Transport
Abdul Standfield, Quality Carriers, Inc.
Edward Stasyshyn, Trimac Transportation
Tony Stinnett, Usher Transport, Inc.

“Congratulations to all of our professional drivers who applied this year and certainly our eight champion finalists,” said NTTC President Daniel R. Furth. “In our unique segment, safety is the single most critical element of success and these finalists epitomize the required safety culture that separates tank truckers from other segments. Thanks to our program sponsor Great West Casualty and our esteemed judges whose support and efforts make this contest one of the top driver recognition programs in all of trucking.”

These eight finalists will advance to the final round of the selection process next month in Arlington, Virginia where a panel of industry professionals will judge the contestants on their knowledge of the tank truck industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, overall safe driving record, and their positive community efforts outside of their driving responsibilities.

The 2019-2020 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion will be announced at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. during NTTC’s 75th Anniversary Annual Conference & Exhibits, May 3-5.

During the winner’s one-year term, he or she will serve as the face of the industry, representing NTTC at safety-focused events throughout the year, and sharing NTTC’s mission of safety and education with the general public.

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