Hitachi and Penske Truck Leasing Introduce Electric Truck Charging Solution in California

March 21, 2024
Penske’s electric trucks will deploy Grid-eMotion Fleet, a 10-pedestal system capable of charging as many as 10 trucks on-site up to 100 kW or five trucks up to 200 kW

Hitachi America, Hitachi Energy, and Penske Truck Leasing have unveiled a large-scale, centralized electric truck charging solution - Grid-eMotion Fleet - for Penske’s electric truck deployments in Stockton, California. 

The integrated direct current fast charging solution is designed to not only increase and deliver multi-megawatt level charging capabilities but also meet the demanding requirements of truck fleets of varying sizes. The new system will help reduce space requirements by up to 60% compared to conventional charging systems and minimize cabling requirements by up to 40%, ensuring effective use of resources while maintaining high-capacity charging for electric vehicles (EVs).

The solution’s 10-pedestal system is capable of charging as many as 10 trucks on-site up to 100 kW or five trucks up to 200 kW for Penske’s fleet operations.

Hitachi and Penske are also exploring AI-based smart charging solutions to optimize vehicle charging processes. This attempt will help unlock fresh prospects, laying the groundwork for enhanced service, maintenance, and EV charging opportunities throughout Penske’s fleet.

“This project with Penske marks a significant leap forward in our collective commitment to sustainable transportation and demonstrates how we can move electric fleets from niche to mainstream,” said Hicham Abdessamad, Chairman and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd. 

Over the years, Penske has committed to adopting battery-electric commercial vehicles and made investments in testing, maintaining, and expanding charging infrastructure to support these vehicles. The company continues to test and operate EV trucks across its leasing, rental, and logistics fleets in various industries, including retail, manufacturing, grocery, quick-service restaurant chains, and automotive parts. 

“This project presents an ideal opportunity to highlight the benefits of charging systems designed specifically for fleets and how they can support the transition to a more sustainable mode of operations,” said Alireza Aram, General Manager of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration Business in North America. “Hitachi Energy’s Grid-eMotion Fleet technology can provide fleet operators with the flexibility they need to address the unique requirements of each facility.”

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