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Penske and Hitachi partner on large-scale EV charging system

March 22, 2024
The fast-charging solution is designed to meet the demanding requirements of EV fleets of various sizes.

Hitachi America, Ltd, Hitachi Energy, and Penske Truck Leasing are launching a large-scale, centralized electric truck charging solution in the Stockton, California area.

For this pilot initiative, Hitachi Energy has supplied Penske with its Grid-eMotion Fleet EV charging system. The integrated direct current (DC) fast charging solution is designed to scale up and deliver multi-megawatt level charging capabilities, tailored to meet the demanding requirements of truck fleets of varying sizes.  

The new system requires up to 60 percent less space than conventional charging systems and cuts cabling needs up to 40 percent, according to the companies.

“Investing in our capabilities with electric vehicles and charging solutions is crucial as our customers seek to decarbonize their fleets and comply with emissions regulations,” said Art Vallely, President of Penske Truck Leasing. “Robust public and private charging infrastructures are essential to ensure the viability of commercial electric trucks in the future.” 

As Penske continues to adopt battery electric CVs and make investments in testing, maintaining, and expanding charging infrastructure to support these vehicles, this project will work to support the goal of electric truck deployments for its customers.

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Hitachi Energy’s charging system in Stockton is already being used to charge a growing number of EVs across light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications. Its 10-pedestal system can charge as many as 10 trucks on-site up to 100kW or five trucks up to 200kW.

“We’re excited to be working with Hitachi on deployment of this cutting-edge technology,” said Drew Cullen, Senior Vice President of Fuels and Facility Services at Penske. “When we were first introduced to the Grid-eMotion solution, we were impressed with its capability and flexibility and what that could mean for our customers. This installation in Stockton will provide ‘real world’ experience and significantly enhance our collaboration with Hitachi.”  

This collaboration extends Hitachi’s existing partnerships with Penske Corporation, rooted in the IndyCar racing series, emphasizing their joint commitment to expedite fleet-wide emissions reduction through electric charging station deployment.

“Hitachi Energy is proud to support Penske’s sustainability journey with the deployment of our Grid-eMotion Fleet system in Stockton. This project presents an ideal opportunity to highlight the benefits of charging systems designed specifically for fleets and how they can support the transition to a more sustainable mode of operations,” said Alireza Aram, General Manager of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration Business in North America. “Hitachi Energy’s Grid-eMotion Fleet technology can provide fleet operators with the flexibility they need to address the unique requirements of each facility.” 

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