bp pulse Completes First Phase of OK Produce Electrification Project

Sept. 15, 2023
The project’s phase one included 10 Freightliner EV trucks, three Orange EV yard trackers, nine Heliox charging stations, and integration of bp pulse's Omega charging management software

OK Produce, a fruit and vegetable distributor in California, selected bp pulse for its fleet's electrification process and to complete the first phase of the project.

bp pulse delivered the EV charging solution for OK Produce's mixed fleet of 10 Freightliner EV trucks, three Orange EV yard tractors, and three Heliox DC fast chargers, which allows for the service of up to 10 EV tractors. The chargers operate with bp pulse's charge management software, Omega, which not only improves charging times for the lowest cost energy but also streamlines charging operations.

"To ensure optimal fleet performance, our Omega charge management software is being used to plan, measure, and increase operational efficiency and will help OK Produce easily introduce additional vehicles and chargers into their operations as the project expands,” said Vic Shao, President of bp pulse fleet.

bp pulse expects to initiate phase two of the project in early 2024 and reduce the carbon intensity of OK Produce's fleet operations by introducing solar as a green electricity source.

The second phase is dependent on tie-ups with Pacific Solar to install the solar panels and ABB to deliver 14 additional DC Fast Chargers to supply power to an additional 27 electric vehicles. The process will help OK Produce's total electric fleet to reach 36.

In 2022, OK Produce CEO, Brady Matoian partnered with bp pulse for electrification site design, construction, utility engagement, and overall stakeholder management.

While SEAM was selected as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor, bp pulse worked with PG&E to provide a new line of electric service.

"Since 2001 when the company launched its sustainability program, OK Produce has made a comprehensive commitment to the environment including the installation of 4.5 megawatts of solar power featuring over 12,000 PV panels,” said Brady Matoian. “Staying hands on in the decision-making process was important, and being able to trust bp pulse with more of the heavy lifting and technical pieces ensured this project moved forward promptly and efficiently."