Black Horse Carriers are collaborating with Penske Truck Leasing in a project that will develop electric vehicles. The companies are preparing to deploy the battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia into the Black Horse Carriers fleet. Penske additionally offers its EV trucks to this fleet operator to supply goods to various grocery stores all over the region of Southern California.
The senior vice president of acquisition and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing, Paul Rosa, stated that they are launching the electric vehicle units to consumers faster, especially now that they have the technology to produce the EVs. He added that the objective they are working on currently is to develop more electric vehicles for customer consumption so that they remain relevant in the fleet transportation industry.
The truck operates for six days in a week, making four deliveries daily. The inception of the car into the fleet has been spectacular with optimistic comments from the drivers. The comments are worthy, given the reliability and capability of these trucks.
The fleet manager at Black Horse Carriers, Brad Kacsh, admitted that the electric vehicles had been a substantive addition to their fleet. Some of the exhilarating gains that he noticed about the electric vehicles include state-of-the-art technology, reduced carbon emissions, and a comfortable journey for the drivers. The feedback from the grocery stores that the EV trucks serve is excellent.
Two years ago, Penske Truck Leasing and Daimler Trucks North America admitted to a contract to tryout the commercial EV truck from Daimler’s Freightliner brand intending to expound on this technology. In the following year, Penske obtained a stock of the eCascadia vehicles. The company witnessed a milestone sale of 10000 trucks, thereby enjoying high proceeds from the sales.
The current exploit receives funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), with the notable aids being the $16.8 million grant. South Coast AQMD keenly supports such programs to escalate the air quality in various areas like Los Angeles, Riverside, Coachella Valley, Orange County, and San Bernardino County.
Penske monitors the air quality in these regions as well as to conduct maintenance services in the facilities.
Finally, Penske offers transport services with over 327000 vehicles operating in over 1000 facilities across a variety of continents except for Africa, where the electric cars are yet to reach on a substantial scale. Other services that Penske offers are truck renting, warehousing, and supply chain management services.