Electric Fleets

Fleet managers are closely monitoring the potential of electric fleets, and Penske Truck Leasing is helping them explore and integrate this new technology. As a leading advisor to executives seeking more sustainable fleet solutions and alternative fuels, we have been operating, supporting and maintaining alternative-fueled vehicle fleets for more than 30 years including commercial electric vehicles for a decade.

Through research, pilot projects and innovative partnerships, Penske continues to support new initiatives to help modern fleets enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of BEVs.

Sustainable Fleet Initiatives We're Leading:

Battery Electric Commercial Truck Test Fleet

Penske works with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the electric vehicle market to ensure that battery electric commercial trucks are on track to meet full-service truck leasing transportation requirements.

The Penske Truck Leasing EV Test Fleet includes vehicles such as the Freightliner eCascadia (class 8), Freightliner eM2 (class 6 and 7), the Volvo VNR tractor (class 8), the International® eMV™ (class 6 and 7), the Ford E-Transit (Class 2), the FUSO eCanter (class 4), the Kalmar Ottawa Electric Terminal Tractor T2E (class 8 yard tractor) and a Ford F-650 battery electric vehicle built to our specifications. We are also testing Hyliion's 6X4HE Class 8 hybrid system on a few vehicles.

We are working with customers to evaluate these BEVs for various markets and deploy battery electric commercial trucks in real-world applications.

Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The availability of charging stations is a key concern for electric delivery trucks. Penske has implemented a network of heavy-duty electric high-speed charging stations in Southern California with select locations that are equipped with an innovative battery energy storage system designed to offset demand on the electricity grid during peak charging times.

We are committed to building the infrastructure needed to encourage broader adoption of electric delivery trucks and other BEVs. We also believe that standardization around EV charging will help accelerate adoption and are a member of the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a worldwide industry alliance focused on promoting Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging EVs of all types.

Sustainable Fleet Research

Penske is supporting original research that can help transportation leaders make informed choices about the future of their fleets, including the annual State of Sustainable Fleets report created by California-based clean technology consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

Download the 2021 report to learn more about the key trends and performance metrics that are accelerating the adoption of sustainable vehicles in the U.S. on-road transportation industry.

Support for Today's Fleet Leaders

Penske is helping commercial fleets take advantage of the cost savings and environmental benefits that BEVs offer.

We can help you navigate the steps, find the best options, and identify maintenance and safety requirements.

Penske Truck Leasing continues to expand its fleet electrification efforts including the evaluation of important related technologies to support the emerging charging needs of battery electric trucks. Since April 2021, Penske has worked with Stem, Inc., a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, to pilot its Athena® smart energy storage software and operate an advanced battery storage system. The pilot project included a 350 kilowatt (kW)/800 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery system powered by Stem's Athena at Penske's heavy-duty truck charging positions in Ontario, California.

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Penske Transportation Solutions will take part in this year's Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California. Penske is a Presenting Sponsor and an expert will moderate a session. The event runs from August 30 to September 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

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Penske Truck Leasing is teaming up with ROUSH CleanTech and Proterra Inc in a new collaboration to advance the development of its next-generation Ford F-650 all-electric commercial truck.

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Penske Truck Leasing recently took delivery of two VNR Electrics from Volvo Trucks North America, expanding its fleet of battery-electric Class 8 models available in Southern California. Its first Volvo VNR Electrics will be used by two consumer retail companies, enabling both customers to gain firsthand insight into the many benefits of battery-electric trucks, the ease of recharging, and the ideal routes to deploy additional units in the future.

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Mike Costanza, Penske's director of environmental services, will take part in the U.S. EPA SmartWay Freight Matters webinar series. Click here to register for the March 16 event, Alternative Fuel Adoption Accelerates: Discussion with Penske and GNA.

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