Velocity Buys 200 Battery-Electric Trucks for Rental Fleet

BEVs Are From DTNA
A Freightliner eCascadia (Velocity Truck Centers)

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Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing is adding 200 battery-electric trucks to its commercial truck rental and full-service truck leasing business, the company announced March 22.

The investment also includes the installation of 39 dual port 150 kW chargers at multiple Southern California locations. Velocity said the fleet and charging infrastructure will enable its customers to deploy zero-emission trucks quickly and cost-effectively.

“Our customers are always at the forefront of what we do, and we know firsthand what it takes to put electric trucks and infrastructure in place,” David Deon, president of Velocity Truck Rental and Leasing, said. “The acquisition of our new battery-powered fleet allows our customers the opportunity to go zero-emissions quickly, in addition to offering cost-saving measures through quick-charging infrastructure that is included in our leasing program.”

The battery-electric trucks include 125 Class 8 Freightliner eCascadias and 75 Classes 6-7 Freightliner eM2s from Daimler Truck North America. Both models can run up to 230 miles. The entire fleet is scheduled to be in full service by 2025. The first five Freightliner eCascadia trucks are currently being deployed to Arrowlink Logistics to support pickups and deliveries at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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“The Velocity team is making considerable investments to help its fleet customers successfully integrate medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric vehicles into their operations, as well as help DTNA make progress toward its global freight electrification goals,” David Carson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at DTNA, said. “As one of DTNA’s largest dealership partners, Velocity also adds value as a solution-orientated member on our EV task force identifying tactical methods to electrify more fleets in the commercial sector.”

Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing is a division of the full-service truck dealership Velocity Vehicle Group. Velocity also serves on the Electric Vehicle Council as well as the Customer Experience Fleet to test the eCascadia in real-world applications. — Transport Topics