Houston, TX, September 27, 2022 — Merge Electric Fleet Solutions announces a new pilot program to deploy fully-electric Ford F-150 Lightning trucks in the Permian Basin area. The Midland Pilot Program is the first of its kind for the region and will enable oil and gas operators and service companies to test fully-electric pickup trucks, determine how they will meet drivers’ needs and confidently build a fleet electrification plan.
Beginning this week, qualified oil and gas companies will be able to sign up for two Ford F-150 Lightnings for a 31-day rental, which includes access to a charging hub in the Midland-Odessa area. Participating companies will also receive Merge’s EVSNAPSHOT™, a proprietary analysis and summary of their existing fleet telematics data. Customers will quickly see the results of the pilot program as well as gain insights into current fleet utilization and potential emissions reduction opportunities.
Glen Stancil, CEO of Merge, explains, “It’s not realistic to replace 100% of the trucks in a corporate fleet immediately, especially in a geographic area as big as the Permian Basin. However, a pilot program like this one will help oil and gas companies focus on the routes, drivers and vehicles in their fleets that are ready to be fully electric.”
“With the oil and gas industry actively embracing the benefits of electrifying many of its field operations, we believe the time is ripe to help those same companies evaluate their corporate fleets,” notes Stancil. “Electric pickups like the F-150 Lightning offer impressive performance that we believe will resonate with drivers.”
Merge launches the pilot this week, beginning with a pop-up demonstration at the Daniel Energy Partners' 5th annual Permian Basin BBQ Cook-off.
About Merge Electric Fleet Solutions
Merge is a fleet electrification service and finance company. Our mission is to deliver the economic, environmental and experiential benefits of fleet electrification in comprehensive solutions that are simple, affordable and scalable. The Merge team brings decades of EV experience from designing, delivering and operating integrated charging solutions for commercial and residential applications on L2 and DC platforms at thousands of sites all around the U.S. To learn more about Merge and its fleet electrification capabilities, visit www.mergefleet.com and follow us on LinkedIn.