Penske Truck Leasing has debuted commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations at four of its existing facilities in Southern California, rolling out a total of 14 high-speed chargers at these sites.
The company says its near-term plan includes adding at least six more chargers.
“We’re committed to being at the forefront of commercial vehicle electrification,” says Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. “We are investing to ensure our customers have access to the right vehicles, technology, charging infrastructure and information to help shape the future of mobility in our industry.”
Located throughout Southern California at Penske Truck Leasing’s facilities in San Diego, Chino, Anaheim and La Mirada, these 14 chargers connect directly to a commercial truck’s battery charging system, providing a DC fast charging option for commercial electric fleets. Utilizing 50 kW to 150 kW chargers, this charging infrastructure allows Penske to power an all-electric class 8 tractor from zero to 100% charge in less than half a shift.
“We’ll continue to add new locations and charging infrastructure to support our customers as our electric fleet continues to grow and the demand for commercial electric vehicles gains momentum,” says Andrew Cullen, senior vice president of fuels and facilities at Penske Truck Leasing.
What at the challenges when installing such a high-powered charging station? I can see that the existing electrical service may not be able to handle this type of load.