OK Produce, a fresh fruits and vegetable distributor providing daily deliveries throughout California, selected BP Pulse to manage the fleet's electrification process. The company 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, optimising charging times for lowest cost energy and streamlining charging operations.
"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 of BP Pulse Fleet.
Driven by a commitment to sustainability and reducing the carbon intensity of operations, OK Produce CEO 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.
"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 maximise 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."
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. 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.