Penske Logistics, a leading North American transportation and distribution solutions company, announced recently that it has logged over 10,000 miles using heavy-duty electric trucks, namely two Freightliner Innovation Fleet eCascadias. The trucks were employed to make daily store deliveries for a restaurant chain in California.
Penske speculates that it is the first US company to rack up so many miles using electric heavy duty trucks.
“For a fleet that runs trucks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 10,000 miles may not seem like a milestone, but we believe we are the first fleet in the United States to make daily store deliveries using battery electric heavy-duty tractors for regional distribution,” said Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics, according to a press release on the company’s website. “We are extremely proud of our dedicated team and thankful to our partners at Freightliner and Daimler Trucks North America. Without them, this landmark would not have been possible. We’re quite impressed with the performance of the eCascadia.”
As Penske explains, the eCascadia, an electric version of Freightliner’s flagship model, is being gradually incorporated into large-scale fleet operations. Daimler Trucks North America—the parent company of Freighliner—is partnering with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to roll out the program, called the Electric Innovation Fleet. The program received a $16 million grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is dedicated to reducing pollution in California’s South Coast Basin.
According to the press release, Penske “took delivery of its first Freightliner eCascadia August 20, 2019, and plans to deploy 10 eCascadias in its Southern California operations. The fleet is supported by a network of heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations at five Penske Truck Leasing facilities in Southern California. Penske also performs preventive maintenance at these locations.”