Tyson Foods, Springdale, Ark., and its subsidiaries announced plans to pilot two emerging motor technologies as part of ongoing efforts to improve fuel efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy.
In partnership with Achates Power, San Diego, Calif., Tyson’s fleet will be testing the Opposed Piston-powered Peterbilt 579 tractor engine in a company truck that serves customers in California. Achates Power is said to achieve up to a 90% reduction in nitrous oxide emissions as well as a 15% reduction in C02. This project, administrated by CalStart of California, is funded with a $7 million grant awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop, install and test two Achates Power Opposed-Piston “OP” Engines into two separate Class 8 trucks.

Likewise, the Kalmar Ottowa all-electric yard tractor by Kalmar Global, Finland, will be piloted at Tyson’s Northwest Arkansas distribution center. During this pilot, Tyson will be identifying ways to reduce overall maintenance expenses and equipment downtime.

Once completed, these pilot programs will provide insights to help guide further adoption into Tyson’s supply chain.