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Roger Penske & Jack Roush partner on electric trucks

Fourteen-time Indy 500 winner Penske and eight-time NASCAR champ Roush are responsible for a pair of UPS/Amazon-style vans that will spend the next few months demonstrating EV technology to businesses in California.

Penske Truck Leasing has been testing EV commercial trucks for more than a year. Sizes range from class 4-like utility bucket trucks to class 8, highway semi-cabs. The F-650 is more or less in the middle of that range, a size that makes it suitable for a wide range of operators and tasks.

The first Roush F-650 EV just arrived at Penske Truck Leasing’s offices in California. Another’s on the way.

Roush CleanTech built the trucks in a former Fisher Body plant in suburban Detroit that also produces some of Roush Performance’s blazing fast modified Ford Mustangs and F-series pickups.

The electric F-650s have a 100-mile range, enough to cover a shift’s work for most customers, Mouw said. Maximum speed is 65 mph. Charging at a 240-volt outlet will take 8-9 hours. Penske can build trucks that use faster DC chargers, but 240v is widely available, so customers don’t have to invest much in new equipment to test the vehicles.

See more at Detroit Free Press.