The purchase furthers electrification of the company's on‐road fleet, with the first trucks to...

The purchase furthers electrification of the company's on‐road fleet, with the first trucks to be delivered in summer 2022.

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Sunbelt Rentals, an equipment rental company, has announced the expansion of its electric on‐road fleet with the order of 700 Ford F‐150 Lightning trucks. The purchase of the trucks will contribute to the goal Sunbelt Rentals set to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity by 35% by 2030.

“Starting the conversion of our truck fleet to electric alternatives, like the Ford Lightning, is critical to our ability to reach our GHG reduction goals and still continue to serve our customers with availability, reliability, and ease," Al Halvorsen, vice president of ESG at Sunbelt Rentals, said.

Sunbelt Rentals will also purchase and install Level 2 wall‐mount chargers at employees’ homes for more efficient charging. With a fully charged battery and 1,000 lbs. of payload, the Ford Lightning is expected to cover 230 miles between charging.

“The demand in the market already exceeds supply for the next few years for these electric vehicles, so we are excited to be receiving the first shipment of these groundbreaking trucks this summer,” Eric Jahnsen, director of transportation management at Sunbelt Rentals, said. “This initiative aligns with the commitment we make to our customers and team members through The Power of Sunbelt — prioritizing continuous innovation among the key values of doing business.”

In 2021, Sunbelt Rentals announced that leading by way of ESG would be one of the five pillars of the company’s strategic vision. Sunbelt Rentals is actively investing in new low‐ and zero‐ carbon technologies for both its on‐road fleet and its stable of rental equipment. Making this investment not only supports Sunbelt Rentals vision, but it also helps its customers as they look toward their own ESG goals.

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