FCCC announces largest sale of MT50e all-electric walk-in vans to date
GAFFNEY, SC, March 10, 2022—Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) announced the sale of 10 MT50e all-electric walk-in vans to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the largest single sale of the product since its market debut this past fall.
PG&E will utilize the MT50e units as mobile workstations in the San Francisco Bay area later this year, supporting its underground cable-splicing operations. The purchase is a key step in helping PG&E meet its mandate to convert as many fleet vehicles as possible to zero-emission vehicles by 2025.
“From their earliest introduction to the MT50e, the PG&E team saw the value in a product offering the advantages of all-electric and the robust productivity and renowned reputation of the MT chassis” said Mike Stark, EV Program Manager for FCCC]. “They were immediately impressed with the product, and we’re excited for it to start making a positive impact on their fleet capabilities right away.”
Powered by an exclusive battery system from Proterra, the MT50e features a GVWR of up to 19,000 lbs., a range of up to 170 miles on a single charge, and a streamlined, integrated design with no reduction in cargo capacity. Backed by the industry’s best warranty and largest national service network and 50-state EPA and CARB certified, additional features and highlights of the MT50e include:
● Engine power of up to 226 kWh=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 and stability control
● Premium 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
● Nationwide access to the Detroit eFill charging network
“PG&E is excited to partner with FCCC by adding their MT50e to our medium-duty Electric Vehicle portfolio. The all-electric MT50e is a versatile OEM solution for our walk-in van applications and will advance PG&E one step closer to achieving our medium-duty fleet-electrification goals. PG&E’s MT50es are anticipated to be deployed in early 2023 within the greater San Francisco Bay Area,” said Michael Glover, transportation senior director for PG&E.
The MT50e also optimizes driver safety and ease of operation through its standard OptiView fully integrated all-digital gauge display and DriveTech driver controls. DriveTech puts every command in one easy-to-reach location, while OptiView provides real-time efficiency feedback and state-of-the-art tools like 360-degree cameras and clear navigation.
For more information on the MT50e, visit electricwalkinvan.com.
About Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC)
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) is a leading manufacturer of gas, diesel and alternative-fuel chassis for the medium-duty pick-up and delivery markets. FCCC supports its industry-leading chassis with a comprehensive suite of services, including 24/7 factory direct support, a nationwide service network with more than 400 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and an official customer-support mobile app. FCCC also manufactures chassis for the motor home, school bus and shuttle bus markets. FCCC is a subsidiary of Daimler Truck North America LLC, a leading provider of comprehensive products and technologies for the commercial transportation industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets medium- and heavy-duty trucks, school buses, vehicle chassis and their associated technologies and components under the Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp and Detroit brands. Daimler Truck North America is a subsidiary of Daimler Truck Holding AG (DTG), one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. For more information, visit fccccommercial.com or call 1-800-FTL-HELP.