Penske’s first Ford E-Transit vehicles will be made available in Southern California with other locations around the U.S. phased in later in the year. These are the first light-duty electric trucks to be made available in Penske’s rental and leasing fleet, following successfully piloting of the vehicles late last year.
“We’re excited to help bring these new vehicles to market as both a rental and full-service lease option for our customers,” said Art Vallely, president of Penske Truck Leasing. “We continue to expand and diversify our fleet of electric vehicles and to offer new options for customers seeking more sustainable choices when it comes to transportation.”
Once these Ford E-Transit electric zero tailpipe emission vehicles go into service, they will be made available for rental and longer-term full-service leasing. Penske’s long-term plans include adding more of these units to its wider network of rental and leasing locations across North America.
The Ford E-Transit is the first all-electric cargo van from a full-line automaker in North America as the electric version of the Ford Transit. It has an estimated range of 126 miles.
Penske Truck Leasing said it will display the Ford E-Transit and other electric vehicles within its booth at the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
The electric trucking and delivery vehicle sectors is expanding quickly. Maersk ordered 110 additional Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks last month, increasing its total commitment to 126 trucks. The new order builds on the company’s order in August last year of 16 Volvo VNR electric trucks as part of Maersk’s Environment Social Governance (ESG) strategy to decarbonize logistics.
In February, Volta Trucks raised $260.6 million asa the maker of last-mile electric vehicles readies for the start of mass production. The company said its latest capital infusion will be funneled toward vehicle prototypes and other engineering and business activities in the lead up to the start of production for the Volta Zero 16-tonne electric vehicle.
Penske Truck Leasing is a Penske Transportation Solutions company headquartered in Reading, Pa. Penske Truck Leasing operates more than 372,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,300 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions. It is a separate company from Penske Media Company, parent of Sourcing Journal.