Penske Truck Leasing has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), a global alliance focused on promoting the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging electric vehicles (EVs) of all types.
Specifically, Penske will participate in the group’s “High Power Charging for Commercial Vehicles Task Force” (HPCCV Task Force). Reading, Pa.-based Penske Truck Leasing is a partnership of Penske Corp., Penske Automotive Group and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. It operates more than 270,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations globally.
“As a leading services provider to commercial fleets, we feel standardization around electric vehicle charging and charging stations will help accelerate the use of electric vehicles within the transportation industry,” says Brian Hard, president and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. “The interoperability of vehicle charging stations over the road is essential for commercial fleet uptime, efficiency, maintenance and general ease of use for the industry.”
Penske Truck Leasing, seeing increased EV interest among its commercial customers, says improving standardization with EV charging may help reduce complexity for fleet operators and truck drivers, as well as maintenance providers and recharging/refueling providers.
“We are thrilled to have Penske Truck Leasing as a CharIN member and active contributor to the work of the HPCCV Task Force,” notes Oleg Logvinov, spokesperson for CharIN in North America and president and CEO of EV technology company IoTecha. “Our goal is to extend CCS capabilities to meet the requirements for commercial EV charging. The input from end-users is the key to our success. Penske is the first fleet operator to join our team, and this brings this important work one step closer to successful completion.”