Penske Truck Leasing announced that it will delivering electric Ford E-Transit vans to Sonepar, a global supplier of electrical, industrial and safety products.
Nine E-Transits will be used for Sonepar’s regional product deliveries in California, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state. Penske will provide Sonepar with the vehicles, lease financing, comprehensive preventive maintenance program, 24/7 roadside assistance, and the capability to charge the EVs at its locations.
With locations in all 50 states, Sonepar’s fleet delivers electrical, industrial and safety products to a variety of customers including electrical contractors, industrial electrical OEMs, electric utilities and commercial and institutional buildings.
Sonepar operating companies acquiring the new vehicles include North Coast Electric, Independent Electric Supply, OneSource Distributors, Capital Electric Supply and Viking Electric. The five electrical distribution companies are the first in the company’s history to use light-duty electric vehicles in the U.S.
“We recognize that electrification of the transportation sector is integral to the sustainability goals of our organization – and the world,” said Ray Brown, vice president of transportation at Sonepar. “We’re excited to pilot a new EV truck program to test the viability of an electric truck as we plan for future fleet investments.”
Penske has been among the first truck rental and leasing companies to test and offer the zero-emission Ford E-Transit. The E-Transit is designed to serve a wide range of commercial industries, providing a choice of eight configurations, including a cargo van with three roof heights and three lengths, chassis cab and cutaway models.
The E-Transit is the first all-electric full-size cargo van from a full-line automaker in North America and the fully electric version of the Ford Transit.
“We are very pleased to support Sonepar’s sustainability efforts in the U.S. with the introduction of the Ford E-Transit to their fleet across a range of geographies,” said Patrick Watt, vice president of alternative vehicle and emerging technology at Penske Truck Leasing. “We are confident it will fit in well with their existing operations.”