Penske expands in Alabama

Reading-based Penske Truck leasing is expanding its national footprint. 

The company has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama.   

At this new location, Penske is offering both consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance.   

“We’ve enhanced our ability to effectively serve Penske customers and employees with this new, state-of-the-art facility,” said Robert Latimer, area vice president of Penske Truck Leasing. “The facility not only improves our operational efficiency through ease of accessibility and a spacious layout, but also increases our ability to amplify our capabilities and potential. Through this strategic growth, Penske remains the transportation provider and employer of choice in the Northern Alabama area.”  

At 15,750 square-feet and sitting on 8.75 acres, this facility features eight service bays plus an automatic truck wash bay, and a full-service fuel island – offering diesel, diesel exhaust fluid, and gasoline. 


Penske driver app gets approval from Canadian government

The Penske Driver mobile app allows commercial drivers to log such things as hours of service. PHOTO/COURTESY PENSKE TRUCK LEASING
The Penske Driver mobile app allows commercial drivers to log such things as hours of service. PHOTO/COURTESY PENSKE TRUCK LEASING –

Reading-based Penske Truck Leasing, a global transportation services provider, has gotten a boost to its international business. 

The company’s Penske Driver mobile app has been certified as an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) in Canada. The app meets the requirements of the Canadian ELD Mandate, asking commercial carriers and drivers to electronically log their hours of service (HOS). 

Penske Driver provides a mobile solution for logging hours of service, while also streamlining the process. 

It also provides real-time visibility into driver performance, allowing fleet managers to track driver productivity and can view real-time vehicle performance to keep fleets running smoothly. 

“We are excited to have our Penske Driver app certified as an ELD in Canada,” said Ann Walsh, senior vice president of digital and customer data for Penske Transportation Solutions. “This certification showcases our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible solutions for managing their fleets.” 

With the app, truck drivers can now take advantage of the latest technology while staying compliant with regulations in both the U.S. and Canada, bringing an ease to cross-border travel. 


Penske delivers two new electric semi-trucks

A Penske-branded eCascadia semi-truck. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

With growing interest in electric vehicles, Penske Truck Leasing of Reading said it and Daimler Truck North America have delivered two battery electric production model Freightliner eCascadia semi-trucks. 

Penske said the delivery of these heavy-duty electric vehicles is a significant milestone for both companies and marks the culmination of a period of co-creation, refinement and field-testing that kicked off nearly five years ago. 

 “Interest in electric vehicles continues to grow as our customers seek to further reduce emissions,” said Paul Rosa, senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning at Penske. “We’re committed to providing our customers with the latest vehicle technologies to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We anticipate adding more electric vehicles across our fleet for full-service leasing, rental, and for use within our logistics business. We commend DTNA for their collaborative approach in bringing these innovative vehicles to market.” 

 Penske said it has been an early adopter of battery electric commercial vehicles and has invested in testing, maintaining, and building out charging infrastructure to support these vehicles.  

The company has been testing the vehicles in real-world conditions across its leasing, rental, and logistics fleets in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, grocery, quick-service restaurant chains, medical, and other fields. 

 Since 2018, Penske Truck Leasing and DTNA have collaborated on testing and introducing electric vehicles to customers including the Freightliner eM2 and eCascadia models. 

Recently, they became the first companies to use electric trucks to haul race cars for both the NASCAR and IndyCar racing series. 


Penske adds four used truck sales centers

Penske has recently opened four new sales centers for its used vehicles. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

Reading-based Penske is expanding its used vehicle business. 

The company said that it has opened four new used truck centers in response to industry demand. The new locations are in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa, Florida.  

“While the majority of our used vehicle sales continue to take place online, our physical used truck centers also remain an effective channel and touchpoint with business customers,” said Jack Mitchell, senior vice president of Vehicle Remarketing at Penske. 

“We currently have 16 used truck centers open and we plan to open one more by year’s end to better serve customers and demand for used vehicles in Texas,” he said.  

Penske Used Trucks is a business unit of Penske Truck Leasing. It sells late-model used commercial trucks to retail, wholesale, used truck dealers, and corporate truck fleet buyers. Penske sells used sleeper and day cab semi-tractors, straight trucks, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, semi-trailers, box trucks, cargo vans and more.  

Penske sells several brands of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial vehicles including Ford, GMC, Hino, Isuzu, Freightliner, International and Volvo. 


Penske opens new facility in Cranbury, New Jersey

Penkse Truck Leasing’s new facility in Cranbury, New Jersey. PHOTO/SUBMITED –

Penske Truck Leasing of Reading recently opened a facility in Cranbury, New Jersey.  

Located at 2682 US 130 North, near exit 8 and 8A of the N.J. Turnpike and U.S. Route 1, it is the first-ever, ground-up build in its South Plainfield District. 

 At this location, Penske offers consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. It is also outfitted with the company’s proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and Penske digital experience solutions, which help customers leverage Penske technology as well as options related to onboard technology systems. 

 “We’ve outgrown the South Brunswick facility by 10-fold in the past 30-years,” said Mike Duquette, New York Metro area vice president for Penske Truck Leasing. “When we first opened, the location serviced nearly 200 vehicles out of two truck bays – now, three decades later, we service over 2,000 vehicles out of three truck bays; this new state-of-the-art facility was eminent. The expansion of business occurred due to significant market growth in the region and the unparalleled service provided by Penske technicians and the district team to retain and grow the business.” 

The location is 22,995 square feet and sits on 9.62 acres. It features five drive-thru bays with 10 service areas and is complimented by an additional 10 covered service areas hugging the facility. It also has an automated wash bay, and a full-service three lane fuel island. 

Penske currently employs over 40 associates at the new facility, and is hiring truck technicians, fueler and wash bay attendants, customer service representatives, and drivers. 

Penske acquires New York State truck leasing company

DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc. has been acquired by Penske Truck Leasing of Reading. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

Penske Truck Leasing of Reading has acquired DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc. of Rochester, New York. 

The firm has been family owned and operated since it was founded by Louis DeCarolis Sr. In 1938. It has 175 employees. 

According to a press release, management at DeCarolis had been looking for a potential buyer with succession in mind. 

“I’ll be 81 in January and if anything happens to me, it would be a fire sale,” said Paul DeCarolis, the company’s chairman. “This way, I had a chance to pick who will take care of our employees and our customers.” 

The sale is scheduled to close on Dec. 17. Terms were not disclosed. 

DeCarolis operates eight locations across New York State, including three in Rochester and suburban leasing, rental and maintenance in Henrietta. The others are in Geneva, Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Elmira. 

The company has a fleet of 2,350 vehicles and provides full-service commercial leasing, short- and long-term commercial vehicle rental, heavy duty parts, and service, repair and maintenance.  

The DeCarolis name will be rebranded to Penske.