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Ikea Piloting Electric Trucks at Port of Baltimore

Road One Intermoda Logistics, a single source intermodal, distribution and logistics services company, announced the launch of its national sustainability initiative with an electric truck pilot with Ikea, the Port of Baltimore and Nikola Corporation.

Road One is committed to environmentally friendly logistics and drayage practices through innovation and green logistics solutions. The company said it is the first user at the Port of Baltimore to engage in an electric truck pilot and one of the first on the U.S. East Coast.

This green initiative is projected to remove 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel per truck and its emissions over a one-year period. This is the first of many climate-friendly projects from Road One.

The initiative represents a strong collaborative effort between Road One, Ikea, the Port of Baltimore and the electric truck manufacturer Nikola Corporation.

“We’re committed to offsetting the environmental impacts from port operations with green projects that meet our stewardship goals and provide community benefits,” said William P. Doyle, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration. “The introduction of electric trucks at the Port of Baltimore will reduce diesel emissions improving air quality for the port and adjacent communities. We’ve found a good partner in Road One and are pleased to further our environmental goals with them.”

Ken Kellaway, CEO of Road One Intermoda Logistics, said many of the company’s customers are fully committed to reducing their carbon footprint to promote a cleaner climate.

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“This electric truck program helps to support their sustainability goals, as well as Road One’s dedication to good corporate citizenship and working to improve the environmental impact of our business,” Kellaway said.

Ikea Piloting Electric Trucks at Baltimore
A Road One electric truck at the Port of Baltimore Courtesy

Andy Blanchard, senior vice president of Road One, described testing the vehicles at the Baltimore port as a true collaborative effort.c

“We’ll soon be adding two electric drayage trucks that will transport containers from the Port of Baltimore to IKEA’s distribution center in Perryville, Md., every day,” Blanchard said.

Road One noted that Nonantum Capital, a mid-market private equity group based in Boston, is a financial sponsor that supports the company’s growth efforts and business expansion into new market sectors through acquisition and organic growth.

RoadOne and its affiliated companies deliver comprehensive single source logistics solutions that include the highest quality, reliable port and rail container drayage, terminal operations, dedicated truckload solutions, transloading, and warehousing and distribution nationwide.

DDI Intermoda Logistics, serving the East Coast, is the foundation of Road One’s domestic drayage service network. JZ Intermoda Logistics and JZ LogisticsSolutions, based in Florida, provide a comprehensive scope of logistics and intermodal services to address the extensive needs of the state, while Rose Intermoda Logistics penetrates the key markets of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with reliable intermodal transportation services at various rail and port locations in these states.

In 2019, Road One launched Road One Logistic Solutions (ROLS), a full-service drayage brokerage division. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., ROLS will provide end-to-end drayage brokerage and related logistics services enabling Road One to continue its national intermodal network expansion efforts and better serve its customers’ supply chain requirements.