Phoenix Motorcars, a manufacturer of medium-duty all-electric buses and trucks, delivered its first ZEUS 500 Electric Cargo Truck to C&V Contractors, a family-owned contracting business based out of Sacramento, Calif. Funded through the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation Grant Program (SECAT), the zero-emission box truck deployment highlights the appetite of fleets in California to choose cleaner, sustainable transportation options.
Built on the popular Ford E-450 chassis with a Rockport Commercial Trucks body, the zero-emission box truck is equipped with custom shelving to suit the specific needs of the customer. The truck is equipped with a 105 kWh battery pack offering an up to 110-mile range and can be charged in about three hours with a 50 kW Level III charger.
C&V Contractors, which specializes in custom home building, remodels and maintenance and repairs has been in business and servicing the Sacramento area since 1989. “C&V Contractors was the first zero-emission truck replacement project approved by the Sac Metro Air District under the new Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation (SECAT) guidelines. We are proud to help a local small business use the cleanest vehicle possible in our community," said Kristian Damkier, Assoc. Air Quality Engineer at Sac Metro Air District.
The guidelines provide funding for vehicles with advanced technology and this included the line of Phoenix Motorcars all electric zero-emission vehicles. C&V’s brand new ZEUS 500 Electric Cargo Truck will reduce atmospheric emissions by approximately 61 tons annually, as well as reduce maintenance costs by 75% and fuel costs by 80%, according to the manufacturer.
“Collaborating with C&V Contractors has been exciting for us and the deployment is testimony to how fleets, irrespective of size, are recognizing the environmental and cost benefits of going electric. Along with our all-electric shuttle buses our range of electric trucks including flatbeds, utility trucks, box trucks, and service trucks are proving to be very popular among progressive fleets across the nation," said Jose Paul Plackal, Vice President Business Development at Phoenix Motorcars.