Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) and Ryder System, Inc. recently delivered two MT50e all-electric walk-in van units for use in the greater Boston area.
Both MT50e electric vehicles will join the Boston-area fleet of W.B. Mason, a regional office supply company covering most of New England. Further, the addition of the MT50e units is the latest step by W.B. Mason to continue electrifying, diversifying, and modernizing its delivery fleet.
“The team at Ryder knows that not just any all-electric product can provide the necessary reliability, productivity, and power that W.B. Mason demands for its fleet,” says Michael Stark, EV program manager with FCCC. “They also know that W.B. Mason is forward-thinking and innovative when it comes to modernizing its fleet—and that the MT50e was the ideal addition to its customer’s electrification efforts.”
With companies such as FCCC and Ryder, customer satisfaction has always been critical. The companies continue to expand that satisfaction goal to the area of the new and universal customer requirement to electrify. Additionally, with the MT50e, FCCC has customer satisfaction and new electrification requirements at the top of mind.
“We are excited to continue our relationship with W.B. Mason for long-term environmental and cost-savings benefits with electric vehicles and maintenance, as well as related services for charging and infrastructure,” says Carlo Rodriguez, Ryder group director for advanced vehicle technology. “When companies outsource to Ryder, they get the value of our 90 years of operating and maintaining commercial vehicles, and our latest experience with electric vehicles and advanced vehicle technology fleets. This enables a partnership of learning, improving, increasing uptime, simplifying the adoption of electric vehicles, and accelerating a return on investment.”
“We are thrilled to introduce these first MT50e all-electric units into our fleet,” says Chris Meehan, Chief Operating Officer with W.B. Mason. “By combining the legendary performance of FCCC with advanced EV technology, introducing these units into our fleet will help us maintain our industry leading delivery standards and exceed customer expectations every single day.”
An exclusive battery system from Proterra powers the MT50e. The EV features a 23,000-lb GVWR as well as a range of 170 miles or more on a single charge. It also features a streamlined, integrated design with no reduction in cargo capacity.
Backed by the industry’s best warranty and largest national service network and 50-state EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified, additional features and highlights of the MT50e include:
- Engine power of up to 226 kWh (an equivalent of 303 hp)
- Full battery charge in 3 hours
- 8-year standard warranty
- Hill-start assist
- Single-piece steel straight frame rails and rugged dogbone cross members to minimize body stress while maximizing heavy-duty load capacity
- 50-degree wheel cut for tighter turn radius and unmatched maneuverability
- Traction and stability control
- Premium 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
- Nationwide access to the Detroit eFill charging network
- Nationwide Freightliner dealer support
The MT50e also optimizes safety and ease of operation through its standard, all-digital OptiView gauge display and DriveTech driver controls. DriveTech puts every command in one easy-to-reach location, while OptiView provides real-time efficiency feedback, 360-degree cameras, clear navigation, and more.
Find out more, visit www.electricwalkinvan.com.