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United Rentals Partners with Shell to Provide Sustainable Solutions

Published by Todd Bush on November 2, 2022

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), the world’s largest equipment rental company, today announced it has provided all-electric trucks to Shell for use at its Geismar (La.) Chemical Manufacturing site. Shell is using the rental equipment to support plant maintenance operations as part of an on-site electric vehicle (EV) mobility pilot program. The program will test and evaluate electric vehicle use at the manufacturing facility to support future development of low-carbon, green fleet strategies for rental and Shell-owned vehicles.

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The equipment package includes the all-electric, zero-emissions Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck with a range of up to 320 miles and a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, in addition to a 9.6 kilowatt Pro Power onboard generator system. The pilot program will use a previously installed charging station inside the Geismar facility. The program will assess the EV charging station infrastructure location, re-charging time periods, range, maintenance requirements and benefit-to-cost ratio.

Shell Geismar partnered with United Rentals on this electric vehicle mobility pilot program, which marks a step on the journey to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Shell Geismar Chemical Manufacturing site,” said Dai Nguyen, Shell Geismar General Manager. “The Goal is to apply what we learn at Geismar but also to other Shell businesses that rely on large fleets.”

The Shell partnership will help United Rentals identify other industrial plant projects where emissions-saving solutions can be deployed to work towards net-zero worksites.

United Rentals is dedicated to building a better future, which is a cornerstone in our partnership to reduce the environmental impact of fleet operations,” said Joli Gross, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, United Rentals. “We look forward to continuing to Work United™ with customers on innovative, and on sustainable solutions that help them advance safety and reduce their carbon footprint.”

United Rentals provides end-to-end solutions that drive safety, efficiency and sustainability in chemical plant maintenance. The company offers the broadest and most versatile rental equipment fleet, digital tools and advanced solutions to address unplanned and scheduled maintenance needs. United Rentals solutions also support chemical emergency preparedness and plant shutdowns and turnarounds.

United Rentals Sustainability Solutions

United Rentals helps companies in a range of industries to achieve their sustainability goals by creating lower-emission worksites without compromising safety or productivity. The United Rentals fleet includes emissions-free aerial lifts, trucks, vans, compact excavators, e-dumpsters, battery systems, hydrogen power generators and more. The company’s cloud-based Total Control® fleet management system allows customers to monitor emissions and track engine hours to help them manage against their sustainability goals. Total Control also tracks utilization that helps users right-size fleets, which can conserve natural resources. Additional information can be found at the United Rentals Sustainability web page.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 1,343 rental locations in North America, 13 in Europe, 27 in Australia and 19 in New Zealand. In North America, the company operates in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 22,100 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 4,500 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $17.43 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at

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