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With a 75-year commitment to service with safety, Trimac has established itself as a premiere bulk carrier in North America. Today, Trimac has over 3500 passionate team members who are leading innovation in the areas of transportation, logistics and fleet maintenance services. Trimac is very proud to be part of the AZETEC program and look forward to this opportunity reduce impacts on the environment for future generations.
Role in AZETEC – At Trimac Transportation, we look forward to operating our first Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric (HFCE) tractor as part of the AZETEC project. Our participation in the AZETEC program is a natural extension of Trimac’s focus on fleet innovation to decrease our Green House Gas emission. In 2019, we lowered our fleet Green House Gas emissions by 55 million kilograms, or 55,000 tons. However, to achieve zero emission trucking in the future, we will need to transition to HFCE tractors.
The AZETEC project is very important to Trimac for the following reasons:
Trimac’s initial contribution to AZETEC was the promotion of the project within the OEM marketplace to assist with the recruitment of our current partner for this great initiative. New tractor technology is typically initially released for the 80,000 lbs. trucking market in the United States. For heavier gross weight markets such as Canada, we often must wait several years before that same technology is released for the 63,500 KG – 140,000 lbs. market. The AZETEC project required our partners to re-schedule product development forward by several years to provide the heavy duty (65,500 Kgs) electrical drives needed for these prototype tractors. As a carrier, we are very appreciative that these OEM joined this collaborative effort.
Regarding the supply chain, we want to ensure that the Canadian trucking industry has access to low emissions tractors that provide the required operating range, rapid “refueling” to maintain fleet utility levels, and have electric drive systems rated for 63,500 KG. The development of a hydrogen economy in Alberta can likely provide hydrogen at a cost equivalent to current fuels such as diesel.