Penske opens EV charging stations for electric trucks in the US

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 25 Apr 2019

Penske Truck Leasing Co., a US-based vehicle leasing company, has opened commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations with 14 high-speed chargers at four of its existing facilities in Southern California. The company's near term plan includes adding at least six more chargers, bringing the total number to 20. Penske believes these are the first DC fast charging stations in the U.S. designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles.

Located throughout Southern California at Penske Truck Leasing's facilities in San Diego, Chino, Anaheim and La Mirada, these 14 chargers connect directly to a commercial truck's battery charging system, providing a DC fast charging option for commercial electric fleets. Utilizing 50 kW to 150 kW chargers, this charging infrastructure allows Penske to power an all-electric class 8 tractor from zero to 100% charge in less than half a shift.

Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing said, “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.”

Commitment to be at the forefront
Penske celebrated the announcement of its new electric vehicle commercial charging capabilities at its La Miradafacility during a livestream ribbon-cutting event with the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California. Daimler Trucks North America's electric class 8 Freightliner eCascadia semi-truck was on-hand as part of the charging demonstration.

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.”

Penske Truck Leasing has previously announced the addition of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial electric trucks to its fleets.

Also read: Daimler hands over first full electric Freightliner to Penske Truck Leasing


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