In a groundbreaking collaboration, PGT Trucking, Inc., an eminent player in flatbed transportation, has successfully completed its inaugural delivery of low-greenhouse-gas steel. This momentous occasion saw the utilization of Nikola's cutting-edge Class 8 battery-electric vehicle to transport the steel from Nucor's state-of-the-art plant in Brandenburg, KY, to a nearby fabricator. The endeavor serves as a testament to PGT Trucking's sustainable shipping solutions program.
To commemorate this historic feat of transporting low greenhouse gas intensity steel via a Class 8 zero-emissions truck, the partnering companies graciously hosted team members, media representatives, and local officials at Nucor Brandenburg. The purpose was to provide an exclusive glimpse into the sustainable equipment and commodities that are revolutionizing the steel and transportation industries.
Gregg Troian, President of PGT Trucking, expressed pride in the collaboration, stating, "PGT Trucking takes immense pride in partnering with industry leaders such as Nikola and Nucor, who share a common vision and unwavering commitment to a greener future. We firmly believe that these alliances will guide PGT's Future of Flatbed® initiatives, propelling us toward our ambitious goal of achieving a 35% reduction in emissions from our company-owned equipment by the year 2025."
The event featured formal presentations from Troian, Jason Roycht, Nikola's Global Head of FCEV Market Development, Al Behr, Nucor's EVP of Plate & Structural Products, and Johnny Jacobs, the GM of Nucor Steel Brandenburg. Attendees were then treated to a guided and interactive tour of the remarkable Nikola Class 8 battery-electric semi-truck and its accompanying charging station.
Behr emphasized Nucor's long-standing commitment to sustainability, remarking, "For over five decades, Nucor has embraced a sustainable model of steel production with a minimal carbon footprint. Despite being recognized as one of the world's cleanest steel manufacturers, we understand the importance of continually reducing our greenhouse gas intensity. This partnership with PGT and Nikola serves as a prime example of the innovative approaches Nucor is undertaking to decrease carbon emissions."
Nucor has already implemented charging stations at multiple mills, including the Brandenburg facility, to facilitate the usage of battery-electric flatbed trucks. Estimates suggest that employing such trucks for short-haul deliveries can result in a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a 20% decrease in energy costs per trip.
Roycht from Nikola expressed his pride in the partnership, saying, "Nikola is honored to collaborate with PGT Trucking in playing a crucial role in Nucor's inaugural shipment of low GHG intensity steel by utilizing our Class 8 Tre battery-electric truck. This level of teamwork between product manufacturers, transportation providers, and vehicle manufacturers represents the key to driving the industry toward zero-emission trucking. We eagerly anticipate continuing this transformative journey alongside PGT Trucking and Nucor."