Penske’s Journey to Learn More About Charging Electric Trucks

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Penske and Daimler Trucks N.A. teamed up over two years ago amidst Penske’s journey to figure out charging medium and heavy duty electric trucks. The first Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 106 trucks were delivered in 2018.

Mike Barnes, the Senior Regional Facilities Manger for the western region for Penske Transportation Solutions, described what was learned. “We had to develop EV charging for 20 trucks in southern California,” he explained. “Space was limited at our existing facilities, so we had to find a site, it had to be in close proximity to our customer base, and the biggest challenge was locating a facility that had 480-volt three-phase. Most sites were built with 208-volt.”

Barnes provided insights about what was learned and also made recommendations at an ACT virtual event.

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