According to the recent NYCEDC FREIGHTNYC report, 90 percent of NYC’s freight is moved by fossil fuel burning trucks. Freight volumes are expected to increase by at least 68 percent by 2045. Truck trips into NYC, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, are projected to increase by at least 85 percent by 2045.

NYC Transportation By Type

NYC is surrounded by waterways, yet only 8 percent of NYC’s freight is moved on these waterways.

Heavy Electric’s plan is to use containers and/or palletized cargo, loaded from trucks at existing Hubs in NJ such as Port Newark, Port Jersey, GCT Terminal, onto electric powered freight barges, to existing Hubs in Brooklyn (Red Hook) and the Bronx (Hunts Point).

We are also seeking to establish Barge Hubs/Terminals on Manhattan Island for more efficient transport into NYC. From these Hubs/Terminals in NYC, freight would be transported to their final destination in NY using electric powered truck and vans.

New Jersey & New York Ports/Hubs

Shipping from NJ – Port Jersey, NJ will be the main shipping Port/Hub. Port Newark is also available.

Receiving in New York City – Existing Ports/Hubs in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Hunts Point, the Bronx can currently receive freight.

Receiving On Hudson River Manhattan Island:
Piers 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 88, and 90 are existing operating Piers that can be modified to receive waterborne freight.

Pier 96 Boat Basin – Space exits to create a barge terminal including underneath the adjacent West Side Highway.

Additional Anticipated Port/Hubs – Heavy Electric is currently collaborating with appropriate officials in NYC to establish port/hubs on Manhattan at the following possible locations:

  1. Beneath the West Side Highway at about 59th and 61th Streets.
  2. West 33rd Street adjacent to the Heliport.
  3. Off of the FDR at the Grand Street Exit along the East River.

Electric Ships & Barges

No American electric powered ship/barge exists at this time. Heavy Electric is currently collaborating with the Port Authority NY/NJ, the USCG, Naval Architects/Engineers and American Shipbuilders in constructing a suitable electric only powered freight ship/barge to be used in any American inland waterway. We currently envision something similar to an electric powered barge constructed & currently operating in the Netherlands.

Portliner EC52

Portliner EC52

Portliner EC110

Portliner EC110

While it will take some time to design, build and get approval for this electric ship/barge we are determined to see it through. In the meantime, we still want to get as many trucks off the highways entering and exiting NYC as soon as possible. We therefore are going to modify and use existing barges/tugboats to transport freight between NY & NJ.

If you are interested in purchasing or leasing our soon to be built electric barge/ship, please contact us.


On 4 April the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released.

“It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F),” according to IPPCC, “without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible.”

Replacing fossil fuel trucks with electric barges is not only economically and logistically smart. It’s the right thing to do for our planet.