Oregon-based Daimler Trucks North America delivered the first vehicle in its Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet – a Freightliner eM2 – to Penske Truck Leasing of Cumru Township in a ceremony in California last week.
While Penske will use the trucks on the West Coast, an official said the company would eventually bring them to the Pennsylvania market.
Penske said the delivery marks a key milestone in the real-world application of battery-electric commercial vehicles.
Randy Ryerson, director of communications at Penske Truck Leasing, declined to disclose the cost.
“The initial cost of new technology is always higher but it will come down as the technology becomes more established,” Ryerson said in a statement. “Grants are a key to helping offset some of these costs as the market becomes developed.”
Penske is initially investing in 10 eM2 medium-duty commercial trucks and 10 eCascadia heavy-duty semi-trucks, while also training vehicle technicians in how to service these new vehicles and installing 20 charging stations at five Penske locations in California.
Penske is also collaborating with Daimler Trucks North America and sharing over-the-road performance data and maintenance data on these high-tech vehicles, Ryerson said.
“This is truly a collaborative approach as these vehicles are introduced into the marketplace,” Ryerson said. “This is only the beginning. Initially, we’ll have the 20 EVs noted in the announcement on the West Coast. Penske will certainly bring electric trucks to Pennsylvania as we continue to add more electric vehicles to our fleet and make them available to our customers in North America. Electric trucks make a lot of sense within urban centers like an Allentown, Philly or New York.”