As part of its sustainable distribution efforts, Fastenal is now running a battery-electric Freightliner eM2 straight truck (earlier post) to service branches in the Los Angeles metro area. The venture stems from a collaboration between Penske Truck Leasing and Daimler Trucks North America to test commercial electric trucks in real-world situations and drive future improvements to the technology.
The eM2 began service in the Fastenal fleet in early January, making deliveries of wide-ranging products to 28 Fastenal branches and customer-specific Onsite locations from Los Angeles to coastal Orange County to the Inland Empire.
The eM2 is suited for local transportation of goods as well as for last-mile deliveries—a good fit for Fastenal’s customer-centric distribution model, providing a consistent flow of product from regional hubs, to local markets, and ultimately to customers’ points of use. The truck is part of Freightliner's Electric Innovation Fleet, a 30-vehicle test fleet of Class 6/7 and Class 8 trucks being used to test the integration of battery electric trucks in large commercial fleets.