Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing to Add 200 Battery-Electric Trucks to Fleet

What’s Happening: Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing, a division of Velocity Vehicle Group, is set to include 200 battery-electric trucks, comprising 125 Class 8 Freightliner eCascadias and 75 Class 6 & 7 Freightliner eM2s from Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), in its commercial truck rental and full-service truck leasing business. The updated fleet will be supported by an infrastructure capable of charging vehicles within 90 minutes, allowing Velocity’s customers to integrate zero-emission trucks into their operations efficiently and cost-effectively.

Why It Matters: This move signals a significant commitment to sustainable transportation by Velocity, giving customers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint while potentially saving on operational costs. The collaboration between Velocity and DTNA also helps promote the adoption of electric trucks in the commercial sector.

Key Points:

  • Both Freightliner models can cover up to 230 miles on battery power.
  • The eCascadia is an all-electric version of North America’s best-selling Class 8 truck designed for short-haul and last-mile delivery routes, while the eM2 is a quiet, maneuverable Class 6-7 EV truck engineered for regional pick-up and delivery routes.
  • Velocity and DTNA work together on the Electric Vehicle Council and the Customer Experience Fleet to test eCascadia in real-world applications.
  • The entire fleet of 200 battery-electric trucks is set to be fully operational by 202
  • 5, with the first five eCascadia trucks being deployed to Arrowlink Logistics for use at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • Velocity’s investment includes the installation of 39 dual-port 150 kW chargers at multiple Southern California locations, enabling customers to charge their battery-electric trucks affordably and reliably.

Bottom Line: Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing’s decision to add 200 battery-electric trucks to its fleet demonstrates a significant commitment to promoting sustainable transportation solutions in the commercial sector. In partnership with DTNA, the company is enabling its customers to quickly and cost-effectively adopt zero-emission trucks, contributing to a greener future for the industry.


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