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Vocational California fleets adopting Ford F-150 Lightning trucks

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Distributor Wilbur-Ellis and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are announcing plans to add F-150 Lightning Pro trucks, Ford Pro Charging solutions, charging software and in-vehicle telematics into their respective fleets in California.

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Wilbur-Ellis will integrate 10 battery electric trucks initially while learning to optimize energy solutions alongside Dutton Ranch, a longtime Wilbur-Ellis customer that is already testing Ford Pro vehicles, charging and software in real-world farming conditions as part of a pilot program with the Sonoma County Winegrowers.

This announcement coincides with a pilot program between Ford Pro and Sonoma County Winegrowers, designed to create a blueprint for how industries and companies can best adopt and manage battery electric vehicles for the next frontier in sustainable fleet operations using Ford Pro products and services. The pilot includes integrating Ford Pro Telematics into farmers’ existing gas fleets.

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PG&E is continuing its ongoing electric vehicle collaboration with Ford, now with Ford Pro to add charging hardware and software solutions to select F-150 Lightning Pro trucks into its fleet. The company will begin testing energy management improvements using Ford’s vehicle-to-grid technology. As part of the initiative, PG&E will assimilate the electric vehicles into its fleet operations alongside Ford Pro charging stations and explore leveraging the F-150 Lightning Pro batteries to shave peak energy usage at one of its depot locations.

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