Alsco Uniforms orders 30 electric step vans from Xos

US electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Xos has received an order for 30 electric step vans from the uniform and linen rental services company Alsco Uniforms.

The 30 EVs will be split and deployed across several of Alsco’s California laundry processing facilities. Nine vehicles will be deployed in Santa Rosa, nine in San Jose, seven in San Francisco, three in Concord, and two in Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to add the Xos step vans to our nationwide fleet,” said Tim Stuewer, Director of Operations Support at Alsco. “The move to fleet electrification is an important pillar of our ESG initiative. We’ve been impressed by the vehicles that Xos has built and we’re looking forward to using them to make uniform, linen, floor mat, first aid and restroom supply deliveries to our many customers in California.”

Xos, active as Thor Trucks until 2019, is a Californian manufacturer of electric utility vehicles that presented the prototype of an electric truck at the end of 2017 and was commissioned by UPS to develop an electric delivery truck in August 2018. In August this year, FedEx ordered 120 electric trucks from Xos. The company calls itself a technology company since it also provides fleet services and software solutions besides manufacturing Class 5 through Class 8 battery-electric commercial vehicles.

In December last year, Merchants Fleet entered into a strategic partnership with Xos. In July this year, Xos announced the delivery of 58 battery-electric step vans to Merchants Fleet.

The order from Alsco Uniforms results from its goal of building a more sustainable business. This has included measures such as a reduction of water use by 50% over the last 10 years, the elimination of paper waste by implementing an online account management system, and investment in American-made fabrics with life cycles of up to 80% longer than imported linens. Neither company has revealed when the delivery of the electric vans is to take place.


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