AmeriPride Gets First All-Electric Delivery Truck

Posted February 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

AmeriPride Services Inc., Minnetonka, MN, recently announced plans to replace 20% of the fleet at its Vernon, CA, branch with electric delivery trucks equipped with Motiv Power Systems' All-Electric Powertrains. Motiv recently delivered the first of 10 zero-emission step vans to AmeriPride, and area business leaders and government officials were invited to an open house on Feb. 18 to learn about the new vehicle in person and take a ride.

"AmeriPride is committed to the environment and the communities where we live and work," said Bill Evans, President and CEO of AmeriPride. "As one of the biggest operators in our industry, we are setting the standard for clean operations and continue to make improvements to our delivery operations and invest in resources to test and help advance new green technologies."

The company's new delivery vehicles feature up to 20% gradeability, 80 miles of range and a 50% battery charge time of 2.5 hours. Installed by Morgan Olson on a Ford F59 Chassis, the walk-in step vans are the first Motiv-powered vehicles installed on a previously-used body.

AmeriPride chose the Vernon market for this pilot based on route density and infrastructure, financial incentives and the region's poor air quality. The purchase of the 10 all-electric walk-in vans was made possible through a grant from the California Energy Commission.

"We are extremely excited to pilot the new electric delivery trucks at our facility," said Annette Casemero, GM of the Vernon branch. "Our first truck has been running daily routes since it was delivered in November and has been running great, with zero service incidents or calls needed. Adding electric vehicles to our fleet complements our expanding alternative-fuel program, and we look forward to adding additional electric vehicles to our fleet in the coming year."

Other initiatives the company is implementing at Vernon and other branches include propane, compressed natural gas and hybrid vehicles; trailer skirting and double-decker semitrailers; fuel-efficient sedans for the service team, and the installation of telematics technology and route optimization software to reduce mileage and increase efficiency.

AmeriPride has received recognition for its sustainability efforts, including TRSA's 'Clean Green' Award, Heavy Duty Trucking's 'Top 50 Green Fleets' Award, Fleet Technology Expo's 'Top Tier Light and Medium Duty Efficient Fleet' Award, and 'Sacramento Sustainable Business of the Year' for Transportation and Air Quality by the Business and Environmental Resource Center (BERC), as well as recognition from Sacramento Area Sustainable Business, the City and County of Sacramento, the California State Senate and the U.S. Congress. In addition, the Vernon facility received recognition from LA County for full compliance with wastewater discharge requirements and zero violations, and has remained in full compliance for more than five consecutive years.