The MT50e optimizes driver safety and ease of operation through its standard OptiView all-digital gauge display and DriveTech driver controls. - Photo courtesy of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.

The MT50e optimizes driver safety and ease of operation through its standard OptiView all-digital gauge display and DriveTech driver controls.

Photo courtesy of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.

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, according to a statement. PG&E will use the MT50e units as mobile workstations in the San Francisco bay area, supporting its underground cable-splicing operations.

“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, in a news release. “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.

Additional features of the MT50e include:

  • Engine power of up to 226 kWh=303 HP.
  • Full battery charge in three hours.
  • Eight-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 maneuverability.
  • Traction and stability control.
  • Premium four-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," added Michael Glover, transportation senior director for PG&E. "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.

Originally posted on Fleet Forward

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