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Morning Fresh Dairy aims for zero emissions with electric delivery trucks

Eric Alvarez hopped into the cab of his milk truck Thursday afternoon, flipped the ignition switch and waited a moment for the truck to warm up.

“It’s so quiet,” said Alvarez, a salesman for Morning Fresh Dairy in Bellvue.

He pulled the truck out of the milk loading area and, in near silence, slinked onto the county road toward Fort Collins.

With its tall, flat windshield and colorful exterior, the Colorado-built truck looks a bit unusual sitting next to the dairy’s older gasoline and diesel delivery trucks.

The biggest difference is under the hood: Alvarez’s truck is Morning Fresh’s first electric delivery truck — likely the first of many that could eventually replace the dairy’s entire fleet of fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

The truck is the result of a partnership between Morning Fresh and Lafayette-based Boulder Electric Vehicle, which designs and builds sustainable delivery trucks and estimates the vehicles can pay for themselves within three years and save $100,000 per vehicle over 10 years.
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