LOS-ANGELES — Shell’s subsidiary will soon allow charging for Penske Truck Loading ‘ light-duty electric vehicles.
Shell Recharge Solutions will provide Level 2 charging stations to support Penske’s electric truck fleet in five states by the end of the year, the companies said last week at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif. Chargers will be added in other markets starting in 2023, the companies said. It’s becoming more important to help fleets transition to electric vehicles,” stated Andreas Lips (CEO of Shell Recharge Solutions). We want to help them make the transition with our technology and know-how, without compromising their operational capabilities. “
Shell said it would “deliver design, installation and charging network support” through a software platform it developed as well as maintenance support.
The company said 33 Penske Truck Leasing locations will receive the charging support, including 23 in California. Other locations will be found in Colorado, Illinois and Oregon as well as Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
“Collaborating with Shell will help us expand and diversify our electric vehicle charging network and to support the light-duty electric vans we recently introduced,” Penske Truck Leasing President Art Vallely said in a statement.
Shell invested in low-carbon fuels in recent years under pressure from the company to cut emissions. It was ordered by a Dutch court in 2021 to reduce emissions 45 percent by 2030.
Shell announced partnerships for charging infrastructure with automakers such as General Motors and BYD as well as Uber in Canada. Here are some other key takeaways from last week’s expo.
Renewable diesel on rise
As sales of electric heavy-duty trucks begin to rise, production capacity for renewable diesel is increasing in parallel.
According to a report by clean transportation consultancy Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, renewable diesel production capacity rose from 600 million gallons in 2020 to 800 million gallons by mid-2021. Capacity is expected to grow to 5 billion gallons per year by 2025, enough to satisfy about 10 percent of national diesel demand.
Renewable diesel, made from resources such as vegetable oils and greases, has thus far been used mostly by truck fleets in California, which provides financial credits that make it “more competitively priced against diesel,” according to the report.
Some heavy-duty truckmakers, including Volvo Trucks, see a need for internal combustion engines even as battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles become more commonplace. Volvo Trucks North America president Peter Voorhoeve stated that the company sees internal combustion engines being powered by renewable fuels.
School buses to EV chassis
Longtime school bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corp. revealed a new electric platform for Class 5 and Class 6 vehicles such as last-mile delivery vans and motor homes.
The chassis allows for range of up to 175 miles; wheelbase options of 178 inches, 190 inches and 208 inches; and a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 26,000 pounds, according to the company. It plans to begin production in 2023 at a plant in Georgia. The move is part of the company’s expansion in electric bus production. Blue Bird says it has sold more than 500 electric school buses since 2018.
“Blue Bird is going to effectively double its total addressable