Balqon Corp., a developer and manufacturer of zero-emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles and drive systems, has entered into a dealer agreement with Beltway International. Beltway has agreed to distribute Balqon’s Nautilus XE20, a zero-emissions electric tractor powered by lithium-ion batteries and Balqon’s proprietary drive system technology.
“Over the past year, we have been at the forefront of introducing green technologies in the automotive sector throughout the eastern freight corridor,” says Jack Saum, Beltway president and chairman. “The addition of Balqon’s zero-emissions heavy-duty tractors to our existing line of Navistar eStar zero-emissions medium-duty vehicles provides us the ability to reduce our customers’ carbon footprint.”
Balqon says the Nautilus XE20 can tow up to 30 tons of cargo at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The tractor is designed for “in-terminal” operations to transport containers at shipyards, railyards, intermodal facilities, industrial plants, distribution warehouses, food production facilities, military bases and mail facilities.
“Given their accomplishments, capabilities and elevated position in the industry, we see Beltway as a strong strategic partner in expanding our sales efforts in the Unites States,” says Balwinder Samra, Balqon president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to partner with a company that has been widely recognized for setting industry standards for green operations.”