Ports Authority officials announced Tuesday that they're interested in bringing new, environmentally friendly technology to the port called PHETT. PHETT stands for pluggable hybrid electric terminal tractor. A demonstration showed how it works. The PHETT moves containers throughout the port, running off half diesel and half electric power, cutting back on harmful emissions. The manufactures claim in saves fifty percent of fuel, which is appealing to Ports Authority officials. They say it's also about a responsibility to the community. "Environmental stewardship is really a cornerstone for the authority. The other thing we mention is the health of our employees. Those emissions do carry with them a certain risk and we recognize that and we certainly want to reduce that risk,” said NC Ports Authority CEO Tom Eagar. The port will soon apply for federal and state grant money to help with the cost of purchasing PHETTS.
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