Penske Truck Leasing is in the process of delivering nine Ford E-Transit all-electric cargo vans to support the initiative, according to Penske's news release.
These vehicles will be used for regional product deliveries in California, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington state. Penske provides Sonepar with the vehicles, lease financing, a preventive maintenance program, 24/7 roadside assistance, and the capability to charge these electric vehicles at its locations, according to the company.
Sonepar said its fleet provides the delivery of electrical, industrial, and safety products to a variety of customers including electrical contractors, industrial electrical OEMs, electric utilities, and commercial and institutional buildings.
Sonepar's operating companies acquiring the new vehicles include North Coast Electric, Independent Electric Supply, OneSource Distributors, Capital Electric Supply, and Viking Electric. The five electrical distribution companies are the first in the company’s history to use light-duty electric vehicles in the U.S., according to Penske.
“We recognize that electrification of the transportation sector is integral to the sustainability goals of our organization – and the world,” said Ray Brown, VP of transportation at Sonepar. “We’re excited to pilot a new EV truck program to test the viability of an electric truck as we plan for future fleet investments.”
The Ford E-Transit provides a choice of eight configurations, including a cargo van with three roof heights and three lengths, chassis cab, and cutaway models.
“We are very pleased to support Sonepar’s sustainability efforts in the U.S. with the introduction of the Ford E-Transit to their fleet across a range of geographies. We are confident it will fit in well with their existing operations," said Patrick Watt, VP of alternative vehicle and emerging technology, Penske Truck Leasing.