Penske Truck Leasing and City Harvest announced on August 21 the launch of an environmentally friendly, refrigerated truck fleet. City Harvest, a food rescue organization located in New York City, is the first Penske customer to commit to operate a fleet of state-of-the-art hybrid trucks.
"Our organization was founded on the notion of using resources wisely," stated Emory Edwards, City Harvest Director of Food Transportation. "We are pleased to partner with Penske in bringing this truck fleet to the streets of New York City and to lead the way in the development of this cutting-edge technology."
Penske will provide City Harvest with full-service truck leasing support for the hybrids. By the close of 2009, City Harvest plans to have converted its entire fleet of 16 trucks to full hybrid technology. City Harvest is now operating four International Truck and Engine Corp. 18-foot DuraStar Hybrid trucks to deliver food in New York.
"By using hybrids they can double their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by 40%. We are seeing increased demand for these vehicles nationwide due to high fuel costs and our customers' environmental improvement initiatives," said Joe Cataudella, Area Vice President - Penske Truck Leasing, for the New York Metro Area.