Largest sale of FCCC’s MT50e all-electric walk-in vans

By Mike Brezonick10 March 2022

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has 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 seen as a key step in helping PG&E meet its mandate to convert as many fleet vehicles as possible to zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

MT50e all-electric walk-in van Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has announced the sale of 10 MT50e all-electric walk-in vans to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the largest single sale to date. (Photo: Freightliner)

“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 electric drivetrain from Proterra, the MT50e has a GVWR of up to 19,000 lb., a range of up to 170 miles on a single charge and a streamlined, integrated design with no reduction in cargo capacity. Additional features and highlights of the MT50e include available power of up to 226 kWh, full battery charging in three hours, a hill-start assist system, traction and stability control and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. The vehicles also have access to the Detroit eFill charging network.

The MT50e is also designed to optimize 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 and 360º cameras.

“PG&E is excited to partner with FCCC by adding their MT50e to our medium-duty electric vehicle portfolio,” said 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,”

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