Penske Truck Leasing has opened commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations with 14 high-speed chargers at four of its existing facilities in Southern California.
The company says its near-term plan includes adding at least six more chargers, bringing the total number to 20. These are the first DC fast charging stations in the U.S. designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles, according to Penske.
“We’re committed to being at the forefront of commercial vehicle electrification,” said Brian Hard, president and chief executive officer 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, Penske said.