Penske Truck Leasing Launches Electric Charging  - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions  -  March 20, 2024

Penske Truck Leasing Launches Electric Charging 

Penske Truck Leasing announced the launch of a large-scale, centralized electric truck charging solution that supports Penske’s electric truck deployments for its customers in the Stockton, California, area.

For this pilot project, Hitachi Energy has supplied Penske with a Grid-eMotion® Fleet EV charging system. The integrated direct current (DC) fast charging solution is designed to scale up and deliver multi-megawatt level charging capabilities tailored to meet the demanding requirements of truck fleets of varying sizes.

The new system features include the ability to reduce space requirements up to 60%  compared to conventional charging systems. Additionally, it cuts cabling needs up to 40%, ensuring effective use of resources while maintaining high-capacity charging for electric vehicles (EVs).

“Investing in our capabilities with electric vehicles and charging solutions is crucial as our customers seek to decarbonize their fleets and comply with emissions regulations,” said Art Vallely, President of Penske Truck Leasing, in a statement. “Robust public and private charging infrastructures are essential to ensure the viability of commercial electric trucks in the future.”

Penske has adopted battery electric commercial vehicles and made substantial investments in testing, maintaining and expanding charging infrastructure to support these vehicles. The company has been continually testing and operating EV trucks across its leasing, rental and logistics fleets in various industries including retail, manufacturing, grocery, quick-service restaurant chains, medical, automotive parts and others.

Hitachi Energy’s Grid-eMotion Fleet charging system in Stockton is already being used to charge a growing number of EVs across light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications. Its 10-pedestal system can charge as many as 10 trucks onsite up to 100kW or five trucks up to 200kW, showcasing its versatility and scalability for Penske’s fleet operations.

Hitachi and Penske are exploring AI-based smart charging solutions to optimize vehicle charging processes. 

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