United Rentals and Turner partner on megaproject

By Murray Pollok19 July 2022

United Rentals is to provide electric trucks and zero emission power to contractor Turner Construction for use on a massive data center in Kansas City, Missouri being built for Meta, the owner of Facebook.

The equipment package includes all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks equiped with 9.6 kW Pro Power onboard generators.

Ford Lightning trucks in United Rentals’ fleet. (Photo: United Rentals)

Bill Hassel, Data Center Program Sustainability Manager at Turner Construction, said; “Turner is committed to leading the challenge of decarbonizing construction and working with innovative partners like United Rentals. These solutions allow us to demonstrate how the future of construction will look.

“The ability to test cutting-edge electric vehicles such as the F-150 Lightning on a real-world construction site will provide valuable information on how electrifying construction equipment will help reduce emissions while driving productivity.”

United said the partnership will help it identify other projects where emissions-saving equipment can be deployed to work towards net-zero jobsites. The partnership is also part of Meta’s efforts to reach net zero emissions across its supply chain in 2030.

“Turner and United Rentals are both committed to building a better future, which was a catalyst for our collaboration to drive eco-conscious changes on construction jobsites,” said Craig Schmidt, Vice President of National Accounts, United Rentals.

“We look forward to continuing to partner with Turner on innovative, sustainable solutions that contribute to a safer, healthier environment.”

United Rentals’ low emission fleet includes all-electric trucks and compact excavators, and zero-emission battery systems. It is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with 1,301 rental locations in North America, 13 in Europe, 28 in Australia and 18 in New Zealand. Its equipment fleet has an original cost value of US$15 billion.

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