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August 3, 2020 11:45 AM, EDT

Penske Truck Leasing Adds Core-Mark as EV Customer

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Penske Truck Leasing announced longtime customer Core-Mark Holding Co. deployed one of Penske’s Class 8 battery-electric Freightliner eCascadias into its fleet.

The truck is being used by Core-Mark to haul between 13,000 and 18,000 pounds of food and beverages to convenience stores on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Running 130 miles, four days a week, the heavy-duty electric vehicle makes 10 to 12 stops daily.

“We are all collectively learning from the multitude of use cases in which we have deployed EVs and Core-Mark’s use of the vehicle are providing insights that will undoubtedly bring another level of understanding for our industry,” said Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement for Penske Truck Leasing.

Penske Logistics ranks No. 15 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. Core-Mark ranks No. 31 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.

In 2018, Reading, Pa.-based Penske and Daimler Trucks North America announced a partnership to test commercial electric trucks from theFreightliner brand in real-world situations and drive future improvements to the technology.

The venture is supported by a partnership between DTNA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which covers large portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley. — Transport Topics

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