BP Pulse, OK Produce progress on electric truck charging depot

BP Pulse, OK Produce progress on electric truck charging depot

The chargers operate with Omega, BP Pulse's charge management software, optimizing charging times for lowest cost energy.

BP Pulse and OK Produce announced the completion of the first phase of OK Produce’s fleet electrification project. OK Produce, a fresh fruits and vegetable distributor providing daily deliveries throughout California, selected BP Pulse to manage the fleet’s electrification process.

BP Pulse delivered the EV charging solution for OK Produce’s mixed fleet of 10 Freightliner EV trucks, three Orange EV yard tractors and three Heliox DC fast chargers, which allows for the service of up to 10 EV tractors. The chargers operate with Omega, BP Pulse’s charge management software, optimizing charging times for lowest cost energy and streamlining charging operations, the company says.

“To ensure optimal fleet performance, our Omega charge management software is being used to plan, measure, and increase operational efficiency and will help OK Produce easily introduce additional vehicles and chargers into their operations as the project expands,” said Vic Shao, president, BP Pulse fleet.

According to BP Pulse, OK Produce chief executive officer Brady Matoian partnered with BP Pulse for electrification site design, construction, utility engagement, and overall stakeholder management in 2022. To bring the project to life, SEAM was selected as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, and BP Pulse coordinated closely with utility PG&E to provide a new line of electric service.

BP Pulse anticipates breaking ground on phase two of the project in early 2024, further reducing the carbon intensity of OK Produce’s fleet operations by introducing solar as a green electricity source, the companies note. Phase two will rely on key partnerships – including Pacific Solar to install the solar panels and ABB to deliver 14 additional DC Fast Chargers – to supply power to an additional 27 electric vehicles, bringing OK Produce’s total electric fleet to 36.

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