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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Since early 2020, Fastenal has participated with Penske in a long-term test program of two battery electric Freightliner eM2 box trucks within its Los Angeles metro area operations. In that same spirit of environmental sustainability and innovation, the company also recently joined with Penske to complete a short-term pilot of a pre-series battery electric Class 8 truck, the Freightliner eCascadia.

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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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Throughout 2020, Penske continued to drive innovation within its fleet. Here's a look back at some of the top moments of 2020 related to commercial electric trucks and charging.

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Black Horse Carriers has joined Penske Truck Leasing's electric vehicle program. The companies have come together to launch a battery electric Freightliner eCascadia into the Black Horse Carriers regular operation. The dedicated fleet services company uses the Penske maintained EV truck throughout Southern California to deliver product to 78 stores for a major grocery chain.

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The first-ever State of Sustainable Fleets Report is now available at no cost for download at www.StateofSustainableFleets.com. In addition to support from Penske Transportation Solutions, this new publication has the backing of major corporations like Daimler Trucks North America, Shell Oil Company and Exelon Corporation. California-based clean technology consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) created this groundbreaking new work.

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Penske Truck Leasing's electric vehicle program welcomes long-time customer Core-Mark International, Inc. A leading consumer goods distributor, Core-Mark has aligned with Penske to deploy a battery electric Freightliner eCascadia into its fleet.

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Penske Truck Leasing's electric vehicle program continues to roll as the company works with EnerSys to put another battery electric Freightliner eM2 into service.

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Each business day, Fastenal trucks fuel up before heading out to deliver industrial and construction supplies to surrounding branches and customer locations. For one recent addition to the Fastenal fleet, there's a new twist to this daily ritual: Instead of fueling up for its delivery route, this particular truck is charging up.

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Hyliion Incorporated today announced it will be providing three vehicles to Penske Truck Leasing, all of which will incorporate its 6X4HE Class 8 hybrid system. The first of the program's three vehicles will be displayed in the booth of partner-company Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) at the 2020 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

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Penske Truck Leasing’s Director of Connected Fleet Services, Bill Combs, will speak at the third annual Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo August 7-8, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina. Combs will serve as a panelist during the “Fleets & Advanced mobility Solutions” session.

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Editor's note: This story is part of our “50 Stories of People Helping People" series. As we celebrate Penske's 50th anniversary in 2019, we are spotlighting associates every Friday who are making a difference in their communities.

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Penske Truck Leasing will highlight its place as an emerging technology leader at this year's Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California. ACT Expo will be April 23-26 at the Long Beach Convention Center. In addition to Penske's electric vehicle fleet being on display – the Freightliner eM2 and FUSO eCanter – there will be several company leaders appearing on panels. Penske will be an exhibitor and is a Presenting Sponsor.

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