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Penske, ROUSH CleanTech, and Proterra Announce New Collaboration for Next-Generation F-650 Electric Commercial Trucks

ROUSH CleanTech, Penske Truck Leasing, and Proterra announced a collaboration where Proterra will supply its battery technology to ROUSH CleanTech. The goal is to develop ROUSH CleanTech’s next-generation Ford F-650 all-electric commercial truck.

ROUSH CleanTech will integrate its advanced clean technology and control systems to leverage Ford’s medium-duty chassis and Proterra’s battery technology. The collaboration will all come together with Penske Truck Leasing, which will be the first customer for this next-generation product. Additionally, the companies will collaborate on fleet electrification, including charging and solutions that make the transition to electric more seamless.

The all-electric ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-650 is a purpose-built Class 6 commercial electric vehicle  available in several configurations. Built on the Ford F-650 chassis, the vehicle will be equipped with Proterra’s H Series battery systems. Ideal for packaging between frame rails, Proterra’s H Series battery system powering the F-650 can provide 165 KWh of energy. This allows the truck to deliver an estimated 125 miles of vehicle range on a single charge. And it can do this all while supporting an available payload of nearly 8,500 lbs. ROUSH CleanTech expects to deliver the next-generation Ford F-650 in Q2 of 2023 to Penske Truck Leasing.

“The goal of the ROUSH CleanTech, Proterra, and Penske collaboration is to remove any and all barriers to help fleets transition to a cleaner future,” says Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “It’s clear the market is looking for trusted brands like ours to develop innovative technologies while also supporting the entire lifecycle—from vehicle design and development to infrastructure assistance, after-sales customer support, and more.”


Decades of advanced vehicle engineering controls and integration experience back ROUSH CleanTech. This including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell from parent company, Roush Enterprises. ROUSH CleanTech’s expertise in electrification includes production design, functional performance validation, compliance testing, assembly setup, and vehicle second-stage manufacturing. ROUSH CleanTech has deployed more than 37,000 advanced clean technology vehicles since 2010 that have accumulated more than 2 billion miles with more than 3,000 commercial, school bus, and public transit fleets.

“We remain committed to being at the forefront of vehicle electrification and making impactful sustainability strides within our industry,” says Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske Truck Leasing. “This collaboration is another step towards a more sustainable future in trucking. We plan to deploy and operate these vehicles in multiple markets.”

Penske has operated, supported, and maintained alternative-fueled vehicle fleets for more than 30 years, including commercial EVs for a decade. In addition to the next-generation F-650, Penske has introduced light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty EVs to its fleet along with its own heavy-duty EV charging networks.

“Fleet operators need strong partners in electrification,” says Gareth Joyce, president of Proterra Powered & Energy. “That’s why we are excited to bring our proven electric vehicle technology to long-trusted, leading brands like ROUSH CleanTech and Penske to help electrify commercial vehicle fleets. We look forward to building our relationship together as we deliver the benefits of clean, quiet Proterra Powered vehicles to even more communities and accelerate the transition to a zero-emission future.”

More than 20 million service miles have proven Proterra’s battery systems. Collaboration with commercial vehicle manufacturers validated these miles—driven by Proterra transit vehicles.

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