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The Electrification of Transport Is Happening in Odd and Interesting Places

A yard truck does only one thing. Its electric version does that one thing more cheaply and without emissions.

A yard truck moves a trailer at Orange EV’s headquarters in Missouri.

A yard truck moves a trailer at Orange EV’s headquarters in Missouri.

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Some of the best zero-emission solutions are hidden from public view. One of them is a weird-looking, one-trick pony called a yard truck.

“They have a lot of different names: yard dogs, mules, switchers or spotters,” said Kurt Neutgens, chief technology officer of Orange EV, a Kansas City, Missouri-based company that manufactures yard trucks for warehouse operators, including companies like DHL.