Penske Truck Leasing is moving forward with its pilot electric truck program (light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty), which includes tests of various vehicles including 10 Freightliner eM2 and 10 Freightliner eCascadia.
An important step in the process of getting ready is to build a charging infrastructure and this is why Penske Truck Leasing just launched 4 charging stations in Southern California (in San Diego, Chino, Anaheim and La Mirada) with a total of 14 DC fast chargers.
Charging power of the chargers varies between 50 to 150 kW, which is not that much since today chargers for cars are more and more often rated for 175-350 kW, but we must understand it's the first step. For now, Penske Truck Leasing seems to be happy that chargers can recharge class 8 electric tractor from 0 to 100% in less than half a shift. In the case of the Freightliner eM2 truck, it will be probably quicker.
The near term plan includes installation of at least six additional chargers for a total of 20, which would match the number of trucks the company is getting from Daimler.
According to Penske, those are probably the first fast-charging stations in the U.S. designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles.
"Penske celebrated the announcement of its new electric vehicle commercial charging capabilities at its La Mirada facility during a livestream ribbon-cutting event with the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, April 24, 2019. Daimler Trucks North America's electric class 8 Freightliner eCascadia semi-truck was on-hand as part of the charging demonstration."
Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing said:
"We're committed to being at the forefront of commercial vehicle electrification. We are investing to ensure our customers have access to the right vehicles, technology, charging infrastructure and information to help shape the future of mobility in our industry."
Andrew Cullen, senior vice president of fuels and facilities at Penske Truck Leasing said:
"We are proud to provide our customers with the ability to quickly and conveniently charge their electric truck fleets at these locations. We'll continue to add new locations and charging infrastructure to support our customers as our electric fleet continues to grow and the demand for commercial electric vehicles gains momentum."