Ok Produce electrifies vehicle operations with BP Pulse

In the USA, OK Produce, a fresh fruits and vegetable distributor providing daily deliveries throughout California, has selected BP Pulse to manage the fleet's electrification process.

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To complete the first phase, BP Pulse delivered its EV charge management software, Omega. This will manage OK Produce’s mixed fleet of 10 Freightliner EV trucks, three Orange EV yard tractors and three Heliox DC fast chargers that allow for the service of up to 10 EV tractors.

BP Pulse says it anticipates breaking ground on phase two of the project in early 2024. Phase two will rely on key partnerships. Pacific Solar is to install solar panels, and ABB will deliver 14 additional DC Fast Chargers to supply power to an additional 27 electric vehicles. In this phase, the OK Produce fleet will grow to an electric fleet of 36 heavy-duty vehicles. According to BP Pulse, breaking ground on phase two of the project will commence in early 2024.

Last year, OK Produce CEO Brady Matoian partnered with BP Pulse for electrification site design, construction, utility engagement, and overall stakeholder management. For this stage of development, SEAM was selected as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, while BP Pulse says it coordinated closely with utility PG&E so it could provide a new line of electric service.

“Since 2001, when the company launched its sustainability program, OK Produce has made a comprehensive commitment to the environment, including the installation of 4.5 megawatts of solar power featuring over 12,000 PV panels. As we looked to electrify our fleet, we knew we needed a partner that would help us truly maximize the results of our efforts and simplify the process,” Matoian said. “Staying hands-on in the decision-making process was important, and being able to trust bp pulse with more of the heavy lifting and technical pieces ensured this project moved forward promptly and efficiently.”

In 2018, OK Produce site operations became 70% solar-powered. The company has been delivering farm produce in and from the San Joaquin Valley in Southern California since the 1930s.


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