Penske Truck Leasing Co., an American joint venture of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group, and Mitsui & Co., has recently announced that they will be opening a special line of electric heavy-duty truck charging stations at four of their existing facilities in Southern California.
Earlier this week, Penske Truck Leasing officially debuted 14 electric charging stations designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles. According to the company, these electric charging stations are currently the first and only charging stations in the United States tailored for use with electric heavy-duty trucks.
Penske Truck Leasing erected their 14 electric charging stations throughout their various facilities in San Diego, Chino, Anaheim, and La Mirada. According to Penske Truck Leasing’s most recent press release, the company’s charging infrastructure will utilize 50 kW to 150 kW chargers capable of charging an all-electric class 8 tractor from zero to 100% in less than half a shift. Penske’s 14 electric chargers will reportedly connect directly to a commercial truck’s battery charging system, providing a DC fast charging option for commercial electric fleets.
Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing, commented on the announcement, stating:
“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.”
News of the announcement arrived via a livestream ribbon-cutting event with the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California. During the event, Daimler Trucks North America’s electric class 8 Freightliner eCascadia semi-truck was kept on-hand to aid in charging demonstrations.
Andrew Cullen, senior vice president of fuels and facilities at Penske Truck Leasing, commented:
“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.”
According to Penske Truck Leasing, six more electric heavy-duty truck charging stations will be added in the near future, bringing their total number of chargers up to 20.