Core-Mark aligns with Penske to deploy a battery electric trucks


Penske Truck Leasing’s electric vehicle program welcomes long-time customer Core-Mark International, Inc. A leading consumer goods distributor, Core-Mark has aligned with Penske to deploy a battery electric Freightliner eCascadia into its fleet.

The class 8 electric vehicle is domiciled at Penske’s Ontario, California, facility and is being used by Core-Mark to haul between 13,000 to 18,000 pounds of food and beverages to convenience stores, located in the outskirts of Los Angeles CA. Running approximately 130 miles four-days a week, the heavy duty electric vehicle makes 10 to 12 stops daily.

Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing stated that, it was exciting and rewarding to see their customers begin using these innovative electric vehicles in their operations. They are all collectively learning from the multitude of use cases in which they had deployed EVs and Core-Mark’s use of the vehicle were providing insights that would undoubtedly bring another level of understanding for their industry.

In 2018, Penske Truck Leasing and Daimler Trucks North America announced a partnership to test commercial electric trucks from their Freightliner brand in real-world situations and drive future improvements to the technology. In August 2019, Penske received the first eCascadia from the truck manufacturer. Just a few months later, Penske announced that it hit the 10,000 mile mark with the first eCascadia the company deployed.

The venture is supported by a partnership between Daimler Trucks North America and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) which focuses on improving air quality in large portions of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley.

Core-Mark was excited to be a part of the forward thinking EV pilot which aligned with the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. They were in constant pursuit of industry leading fleet technologies that offered added safety and comfort to their professional drivers, aligned with their focus on the environment and providing potential cost saving advantages, commented Brian Johnston, Sr. Director Transportation of Core-Mark.

The electric truck fleet is supported by a network of heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations at six Penske Truck Leasing facilities in Southern California. Penske also performs preventive maintenance at these locations. 

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