Cintas Electric Vehicle Pilot Program Gets Started

19 December 2022

Cintas Corporation recently launched its electric vehicle pilot program, which to date includes nearly 20 vehicles from various manufacturers.Cintas operates one of the largest vehicle fleets in North America with nearly 14,000 commercial vehicles deployed throughout the United States and Canada, which is a major source of its Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions. direct). Cintas recognizes the importance of transitioning its fleet as the company continues on its net zero emissions trajectory.

“Our ability to remove fossil fuel-powered vehicles from our fleet and introduce vehicles powered by renewable or alternative energy will play a significant role in our ability to achieve our net zero emissions ambition and reduce our carbon emissions,” says Christy Nageleisen, Vice President, ESG Criteria, and Chief Compliance Officer, Cintas.

"When we meet with our employee-partners in the field, the VE pilot program is always one of the topics that are most close to their hearts. There is a real enthusiasm throughout the organization about our VE program, and we are delighted at the prospect of seeing these pilot vehicles on the road," continues Nageleisen.

And route!

Cintas' EV pilot program was officially launched in early 2022 when the first vehicle was deployed in the Los Angeles area.

To date, 17 vehicles from five manufacturers are already included in the pilot program, with additional units in Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; and Seattle, Washington.

Evaluation of EVs in action

The pilot program will help Cintas evaluate the performance, durability and viability of various EVs under a variety of business, weather and road conditions. Using the vehicles in real-world conditions will help society better understand the expectations, benefits and potential challenges of EVs in this unique road initiative.

“When we decided to start a pilot program for (electric) vehicles, we wanted to test markets in cold, hot, snowy regions, with all different weather conditions, to make sure we got the right vehicle. for every industry," said Mark Bolen, vice president, quality and engineering, Cintas, whose group oversees the company's fleet. "Until now, the technology did not allow to start a program like this. During the last two or three years, great efforts have been made to advance the technology."

Cintas' fleet department is working closely with various OEMs to identify additional opportunities, new technologies and future use cases that can maximize EV efficiency and performance in the pilot program.

"We are in constant communication with our dealers, through weekly conference calls and via information sharing. Our team, the fleet team, is in regular contact with our operations departments to find out exactly what happened. important over the past week," said Bolen. "We make sure that the vehicle performs the way we want it to, and then we constantly make sure to slightly optimize this performance, to always go further, step by step."

And soon...

As 2023 approaches, Cintas plans to procure and deploy additional EVs across all of its units.

“We have a unique business and our fleet has unique use cases, and we anticipate that our fleet will continue to include different vehicle models, including various light, medium and heavy vehicle units to meet the needs of our activity," says Bolen. "As more options and technologies are developed, and new OEMs enter the commercial EV and alternative fuel markets, we plan to expand the pilot program in both quantity and scope."

Additional grant funding has already been secured through various government initiatives, and the company plans to increase its current EV fleet with up to 50 more units in the next calendar year. Cintas also plans to pursue other opportunities to test and deploy new technologies from various manufacturers as they become available.

Cintas executives are also keeping an eye out for innovations and developments in other types of alternative fuel vehicles. In addition to its ambition to achieve its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the commercial vehicle industry will continue to evolve with the arrival of new technologies and capabilities.

Bolen points out that Cintas is keeping an open mind about the types of vehicles the company will choose for its long-term fleet, and that the company looks forward to evaluating new renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicles once they will be available: "Who knows what new technology will be available in the next 5, 10, 15 years?"

To know more

Photos of Cintas' EVs, along with video files, are available for media use via Dropbox (link below). Please credit "Courtesy of Cintas Corporation" for each use.

Media materials:

The following videos have also been produced to further describe and showcase Cintas' electric vehicle pilot program. Both videos are available for authorized use with the appropriate attribution. Versions in English, Spanish and Canadian French are available. Please contact Cintas Corporate Affairs for additional information.

  • VIDEO: Cintas launches its first electric vehicle pilot program
  • VIDEO: Cintas discusses its electric and alternative fuel vehicle strategy

ESG issues at Cintas

Cintas' sustainable business model has highlighted the company's growth strategy and instilled a holistic "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" mentality in all of its operations.

This approach dates back to the founding of the company nearly 100 years ago during the Great Depression. Out of work, circus performers Doc and Amelia Farmer drove around Cincinnati-area businesses to collect their dirty, dumped rags, take them home and wash them. Once clean, Doc and Amelia would then resell them to local businesses, extending the life of these items and reducing the ongoing need for businesses to replace them with new rags.

Since then, the company has expanded its business operations to include uniform and clothing rental programs, facility services, first aid and security services, and fire protection services.

Cintas' cultural attention to its primary purpose, identity and corporate management systems, defined by its founder Dick Farmer in his book " Spirit is the Difference ", has resulted in business practices that focus on ESG criteria integrated holistically into Cintas' operations since its inception.

Cintas' 2022 ESG Report will be released in January. To learn more about Cintas' ESG program, including its most recent reports, visit

About Cintas Corporation

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready to open their doors every day with confidence by providing products and services that help maintain exemplary cleanliness, security and presentation. By offering uniforms, mats, mops, towels, sanitary supplies, workplace water services, first aid and safety products, eyewash stations, safety trainings, fire extinguishers, sprinklers and alarm services, Cintas helps its customers to prepare for the workday ( Ready for the Workday). Cincinnati-based Cintas is a Fortune 500 public company, listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker CTAS, and is a constituent of the Standard & Poor's 500 and Nasdaq-100 indices.

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Lizz Summers, Director of Corporate Affairs, Cintas [email protected] , 513-972-2859