[MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.], September 13, 2023 – bp pulse and OK Produce today announced the completion of the first phase of OK Produce’s fleet electrification project. OK Produce, a leading fresh fruits and vegetable distributor providing daily deliveries throughout California, selected bp pulse to manage the fleet’s electrification process.
bp pulse 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, optimizing charging times for lowest cost energy and streamlining charging operations.
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.
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.
About OK Produce
OK Produce is a third-generation family-owned wholesale produce company founded in 1950. OK Produce delivers high quality fresh fruits and vegetables daily serving primarily grocery stores statewide and into southern Oregon and Nevada. Starting in 2000, OK Produce launched a comprehensive sustainability program featuring an early adoption of one of the first large scale solar power projects in California in 2001. Today, the commitment to the environment has expanded to include 4.5 megawatts of solar (12,000 panels) which supplies over 80% of total power consumption. The current carbon reduction of the fleet includes 10 of the company’s 90 semi trucks, 100% of their yard trucks and 100% of their company vehicles.
About bp pulse
bp pulse is bp’s electric vehicle (EV) charging business, rolling out fast, reliable charge points to consumers and commercial fleets around the world. Globally, bp pulse is one of the UK’s leading rapid and ultra-fast public EV charging networks. It also operates the largest number of sites with ultra-fast charging in Germany, with a growing charging point footprint in China and the Netherlands. The company aims to increase its network of public EV charging points by 2030 to over 100,000 worldwide.