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FCCC Celebrates Delivery of First Two MT50e Units to Penske Truck Leasing in California

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) and Penske Truck Leasing recently commemorated the delivery of two MT50e all-electric walk-in van units for use in California. Penske Truck Leasing delivered one MT50e unit each to two California-based end-user customers in the health care field. The MT50e has proven the ideal product for last-mile delivery. The units are also a key step for both companies as they work to lower their emissions over the years.

“The more MT50e units we deliver to customers, the more we hear about how well they are performing and proving themselves to the rigorous demands of fleets,” says Michael Stark, FCCC EV program manager FCCC. “As electrification continues to grow in prominence in this market segment, partners like Penske Truck Leasing expect a proven product they can trust—from a partner with robust experience in alternative fuels and energy. The MT50e offers an impressive array of features and benefits that help make it such an appealing fleet addition.”

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Penske has been an early adopter of battery electric commercial vehicles, including Freightliner’s eCascadia battery-electric tractor truck. It has also invested in testing, maintaining, and building out charging infrastructure to support these vehicles. The company has also tested in real-world conditions across its leasing, rental, and logistics fleets in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, grocery, quick-service restaurant chains, medical, and many others.

“We are very pleased to add the FCCC MT50e to our growing portfolio of all-electric vehicles,” says Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning for Penske Truck Leasing. “It has proven to be a quality medium-duty addition to our customers’ operations in California.”


Powered by an exclusive battery system from Proterra, the MT50e features a GVWR of up to 23,000 lbs. It also features a range of approximately 170 miles or more on a single charge. And, it features a streamlined, integrated design with no reduction in cargo capacity. Backed by an industry-best warranty as well as a national service network, additional features and highlights of the MT50e include:

  • Engine power of up to 226 kWh, equal to 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 as well as stability control
  • Premium 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
  • Nationwide access to the Detroit eFill charging network

The MT50e also optimizes driver safety and ease of operation through its standard 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, and clear navigation.

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