Penske Truck Leasing's electric vehicle program welcomes long-time customer Core-Mark International, Inc., with the deployment of a battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia into its fleet.
The Class 8 electric vehicle is domiciled at Penske's Ontario, California, facility and is being used by Core-Mark to haul between 13,000 to 18,000 pounds of food and beverages to convenience stores, located in the outskirts of Los Angeles. Running approximately 130 miles four-days a week, the heavy-duty electric vehicle makes 10 to 12 stops daily.
"It's exciting and rewarding to see our customers begin using these innovative electric vehicles in their operations," said Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing. "We are all collectively learning from the multitude of use cases in which we have deployed EVs and Core-Mark's use of the vehicle are providing insights that will undoubtedly bring another level of understanding for our industry."
In 2018, Penske Truck Leasing and Daimler Trucks North America announced a partnership to test commercial electric trucks from their Freightliner brand in real-world situations and drive future improvements to the technology. In August 2019, Penske received the first eCascadia from the truck manufacturer. Just a few months later, Penske announced that it hit the 10,000 mile mark with the first eCascadia the company deployed.
The venture is supported by a partnership between Daimler Trucks North America and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) which focuses on improving air quality in large portions of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley.
"Core-Mark is excited to be a part of this forward thinking EV pilot which aligns with the company's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. We are in constant pursuit of industry leading fleet technologies that offer added safety and comfort to our professional drivers, align with our focus on the environment and provide potential cost saving advantages," according to Brian Johnston, Sr. Director Transportation of Core-Mark.
The electric truck fleet is supported by a network of heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations at six Penske Truck Leasing facilities in Southern California. Penske also performs preventive maintenance at these locations.