Ford has received another major order for its E-Transit electric van in the United States. Penske Truck Leasing has ordered 750 E-Transits for rent and lease to customers.
The first units of the Ford E-Transit for Penske Truck Leasing are expected to be delivered in Southern California in the coming weeks, before the E-Transit is gradually rolled out to other Penske locations in the United States later. This year. The order will be placed after a successful test phase at the end of 2021, according to Penske Truck Leasing.
“We are excited to help bring these new vehicles to market as a full-service leasing and leasing option for our customers,” said Art Valley, president of Penske Truck Leasing. “We continue to expand and diversify our fleet of electric vehicles and provide new options for customers looking for more sustainable choices in transportation.
The 750 vehicles on the current order could be followed by additional units: Penske’s long-term plans include “adding more such units” to its network of rental and leasing locations across North America. Penske did not reveal a timeline or scope for its electric fleet.
In January, US retailer Walmart ordered 1,100 units of the E-Transit from Ford. DHL Express will also introduce 270 E-Transits to its UK fleet this summer. For Europe, Ford has just started manufacturing the E-Transit near Kocaeli, Turkey.
Penske Truck Leasing is a Penske Transportation Solutions company headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania. The company says Penske Truck Leasing’s fleet currently includes more than 372,000 vehicles, not only in North America, but also in South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.