Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing orders 200 Freightliner electric trucks

Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing, a division of Velocity Vehicle Group, is adding 200 Daimler electric trucks to its commercial truck rental and full-service truck leasing business: 125 Class 8 Freightliner eCascadias and 75 Class 6 and 7 Freightliner eM2s.

Velocity says the eCascadia is suitable for short-haul and last-mile delivery routes, while the eM2 is engineered for regional pick-up and delivery routes. Both models have a range of 230 miles.

The first five eCascadia trucks are currently being deployed by Arrowlink Logistics to support deliveries at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The entire fleet of 200 e-trucks is scheduled to be in service by 2025,

Velocity will also install 39 dual-port 150 kW chargers at multiple Southern California locations, and customers will have access to these chargers as part of their lease agreements. The Freightliner eM2 can reach an 80% state of charge in approximately 60 minutes for the Class 6 model and 90 minutes for the Class 7 model. The Class 8 eCascadia can achieve an 80% state of charge in approximately 90 minutes using dual-port charging.

“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,” said David Deon, President of Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing. “The acquisition of our new battery-powered fleet allows our customers the opportunity to go zero-emission quickly, in addition to offering cost-saving measures through quick-charging infrastructure that is included in our leasing program.”

“As one of DTNA’s largest dealership partners, Velocity also adds value as a solution-oriented member on our EV taskforce, identifying tactical methods to electrify more fleets in the commercial sector,” said Daimler Truck North America SVP of Sales and Marketing David Carson.

“Velocity has made the entire process easy for our team,” said Kevin Kuo, President of Arrowlink USA, “including helping us determine the right truck configurations for our routes, providing training to our drivers, and supporting us in developing a plan to charge our trucks.”     

Source: Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing

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