Penske bolsters EV-charging infrastructure in Calif.

The four stations feature a total of 14 high-speed chargers, the equivalent of individual gas pumps. But the company said that it plans to add at least six more chargers in the near future.

“Penske is utilizing these charging stations for its own electric vehicles as well as its customers’ electric fleets,” said Penske spokeswoman Kimberly Harmsen.

Using 50 kilowatt to 150 kilowatt chargers, the stations allow Penske to power an all-electric class 8 tractor from zero to 100 percent charge in less than half a shift, or about four hours.

“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,” said Andrew Cullen, senior vice president of fuels and facilities at Penske Truck Leasing in a press release.

Harmsen said the company is currently evaluating opportunities for growth.

The company does not currently operate any heavy-duty electric vehicles in Pennsylvania, though the state is hoping to encourage greater use of electric vehicles in all phases of transportation.

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