Proterra Inc (NYSE: PTRA), Penske Truck Leasing and ROUSH CleanTech announced a new partnership agreement whereby Proterra will supply its high-performance battery tech to ROUSH for both the development and manufacturing of the new next-gen Ford F650 electric commercial trucks. ROUSH will deploy its advanced control systems and cleaning technology to leverage the battery tech of Proterra and the medium-duty chassis of Ford to Penske. Additionally, the three organizations will work together on continued fleet electrification, which will include charging options that’ll help give rise to a seamless transition to electric car fleets.
The all-electric Ford F650 commercial vehicle is a Class-6 purpose-built commercial truck that’s available in several different configurations, including box trucks, shuttle buses and utility trucks. Built on the F650’s industry-leading chassis, the truck will have the H Series battery tech by Proterra. This H Series battery system can provide the F650 with 165 kW of energy. This will allow the truck to deliver roughly 1250miles of car driving range on one charge. All this while still being able to support a payload of about 8,500 pounds.
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ROUSH’s President, Todd Mouw, said that the main objective of the collaboration between these three companies is to eliminate all the barriers that would hinder the seamless transition to a more efficient and cleaner future. He claimed that the market is relying on trustworthy brands like theirs to come up with new and innovative technologies while still supporting the whole lifecycle, from car development and design to customer support, infrastructure assistance and after-sales.
ROUSH’s expertise in electrification systems includes car second-stage manufacturing, assembly set up, compliance testing, functional performance validation, and production design. The company has deployed over 30,000 advanced clean tech vehicles over the last decade. These vehicles have collectively accumulated over two billion miles, and this is including 3,000 public transit, school bus and commercial fleets. Penske’s SVP of fleet planning and procurement said they’ll stay committed to leading the vehicle electrification sector and continue making sustainable and impactful strides in the industry.