The Ford E-Transit got off to a hot start in the relatively new EV van segment, quickly taking over as the sales leader and securing orders from a variety of customers including Michigan State University, the state of North Carolina, FedEx, and Penske Truck Leasing, to name a few, with the medium and low-roof variants proving to be the most popular thanks to their ability to make urban deliveries. Now, Sonepar – a distributor of electrical, industrial, and safety products – is joining that group after selecting Penske to provide its new light-duty electric fleet.
“We recognize that electrification of the transportation sector is integral to the sustainability goals of our organization – and the world,” said Ray Brown, vice president of transportation at Sonepar. “We’re excited to pilot a new EV truck program to test the viability of an electric truck as we plan for future fleet investments.”
Penske is in the process of delivering nine Ford E-Transit cargo vans to Sonepar, which will be used for regional product deliveries in California, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington state. Penske’s role in this process includes providing Sonepar with vans, lease financing, a comprehensive preventive maintenance program, 24/7 roadside assistance, and the capability to charge the vehicles at its locations.
Sonepar operating companies acquiring the new vehicles include North Coast Electric, Independent Electric Supply, OneSource Distributors, Capital Electric Supply and Viking Electric – the first five electrical distribution companies in the company’s history to use light-duty electric vehicles in the U.S.
“We are very pleased to support Sonepar’s sustainability efforts in the U.S. with the introduction of the Ford E-Transit to their fleet across a range of geographies,” said Patrick Watt, vice president alternative vehicle and emerging technology, Penske Truck Leasing. “We are confident it will fit in well with their existing operations.”