Riverside company is helping clean up the environment by creating electric terminal trucks

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RIVERSIDE, Mo. -- A company in Riverside is helping clean the environment one truck at a time.

For the past four years, Orange EV has built and sold pure electric terminal trucks. These trucks are used in rail yards to move trailers from one place to another, Trucks that run on diesel, in contrast to Orange EV’s electric trucks, emit a lot of pollution into the air.

This is the first  commercially terminal truck to ever run on electric power. The average battery runs around 24 hours and takes less than two hours to re-charge.

The owners would not reveal the exact price but say with incentives, it's comparable to a new diesel truck and saves the owner around $60,000 a year on fuel and maintenance costs.

"This can do the same job as a diesel," Orange EV Co-Founder Wayne Mathisen said. "Once we do that then we go through the economics, show how it will save money over time and as we get it one site, they can start to enjoy the truck for all the things it does."

Mathisen says besides having no emissions, it's also a quieter truck.

"Demand for these electric terminal trucks are so high, they are planning to eventually move into a larger facility and hire more people to keep up with the orders," Mathisen added.

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