Shipping container docks have a new home: battery-based houses.
The containers are now available for sale in warehouses and on the streets of urban America, and they are becoming a fixture on roads and sidewalks.
For some, the battery-free design is a good way to save money and speed up their commute.
Others are turning to the electric trucking industry, which offers cheaper and safer alternatives to a gasoline-powered cab.
These include the Honda CRV, which sells for about $2,000 a truck, or the Tesla Model X, which starts at $35,000.
The battery-packed homes are the brainchild of Eugene, Oregon-based Harbor Freight.
It started in 2005, when the company began making the cargo trailers that ferry freight from ports in Japan to the U.S. market.
By 2007, Harbor Freights was selling hundreds of its trucks and trailers to shipping companies and major shipping companies in Japan.
The company expanded to markets like the U!
in 2010 and the Caribbean in 2011.
As its customers grew in number, the company found itself with a growing demand for its battery-electric vehicles.
In 2016, the Harbor Freighters CEO, Jim O’Neill, said he thought the market was ripe for the taking.
“There’s a huge demand,” O’Connor said.
“People want something that’s fast and reliable, and that’s got no emissions and it’s a battery that’s easy to charge.”
O’Donnell was talking about the batteries that power the Tesla Roadster, a hybrid electric car that was sold in the U., Canada and Mexico.
The Roadster has a range of about 160 miles on a full charge.
The trucks carry around 4,000 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of cargo, and a battery pack can run for up to 200 hours.
When the battery packs are full, they can charge the truck up to 300 percent.
For example, a battery with a capacity of 80 kWh (1,900 kilowatt hours) can be charged to 120 percent in 30 minutes.
It can be recharged in as little as 15 minutes, or in 60 minutes.
This kind of battery-only approach has made a big difference in the lives of shipping companies, O’Neil said.
Shipping companies that don’t have a truck fleet have to hire more truck drivers to haul their cargo, which adds up to an extra $400 million a year, according to a recent report by the Transportation Research Board, a non-profit group.
But O’Neal said the company has no plans to move its production to battery-equipped trucks.
“We have a good working relationship with shipping companies,” he said.
He said he doesn’t think the company will be buying battery-operated trucks for its cargo, either.
“The idea is to make it so we can have a battery, but it’s not as easy as putting it in a truck,” he added.
The first truck to get a battery in a shipping container is the Chevy Bolt, which will be on sale in November, O’donnell said.
O’Brien said he and the company have built prototypes of the vehicle that he hopes will show off the new technology.
But the company won’t be selling the truck for sale.
It has set a goal of shipping 30,000 vehicles by 2019, he said, but will focus on the battery.
He expects to be able to ship the first trucks in 2021, and the truck will have a range up to 320 miles on one charge.
O’dons work with companies that sell trucks in the trucking business, such as Freightliner, which makes trucking equipment.
Freightliners are designed to use batteries to charge the battery pack in less than a minute.
The Freightler, for example, will have the capacity of 480 kWh (280 kilowatts), and will last for six years.
The truck will use the technology that’s developed by Tesla and has been used on the Tesla Semi.
The companies are in talks about a commercial partnership.
“They’re working on some kind of partnership to sell batteries,” O’done said.
In addition to shipping, the trucks are also used for landscaping.
“It’s a really simple design,” O’sonnell told ABC News.
“You just plug it in and you’re good to go.”
The trucks are the latest product from a growing group of companies trying to sell a range-of-technology electric truck.
The U.K.-based company Land Rover announced plans to offer a fully electric truck in 2019.
The technology is known as electric buses, and it is based on Tesla’s Model S electric bus.
A number of electric vehicle startups are also building products with batteries.
In August, the electric car maker Daimler announced a partnership with the battery manufacturer Panasonic.
The two companies will work together to create a battery truck for the Daimlers luxury Mercedes-Benz. A