Volvo Trucks is building an electric semi-charging corridor

Just as Volvo Cars has dedicated resources to building a Starbucks-based electric vehicle charging corridor in the Pacific Northwest, Volvo Trucks is looking to build a charging network for its fully electric semi-trailers in productionand he partners with heavy hitters to make it happen.

Volvo is on its 2nd generation semi-electric

Image courtesy of Volvo Trucks.

Volvo is set to partner with Shell Recharge Solutions (formerly Greenlots), TEC Equipment, Affinity Truck Center and Western Truck Center to develop a publicly accessible medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle (MHD EV) charging network that connects several of the plus important port cities and industrial centers.

The group is launching its plans with a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of BESTFIT, the electrified charging corridor project “will address key barriers to long-range MHD electric vehicle deployments and accelerate widespread adoption.”

“This project will open the door to a truly electrified freight future in which zero-tailpipe-emission medium and heavy-duty trucks are no longer limited to short-mile return-to-base operations and can reach great distances across the globe. ‘state,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “We are excited to begin construction of the Electrified Charging Corridor project this year in conjunction with these pioneering truck dealers so that we can further help fleets integrate successful battery electric trucks into their operations, including our Volvo VNR electric model.With the support of CEC helping to drive and manifest this project, we will see accelerated progress with ripple effects across industry.”

The purpose of the electrified charging corridor project is to enable convenient charging for:

  • Small business fleets that want to avoid making major financial investments in large-scale charging infrastructure at their site;
  • Fleets looking to race an electric vehicle through rental and short-term rental opportunities; and
  • Fleets that need a neutral location for OEMs to “charge the opportunity” along their route.

“The Energy Commission is pleased to support the Electrified Charging Corridor Project, which will help California meet its goals of zeroing truck exhaust emissions,” said CEC Commissioner Patty Monahan. “This project will showcase refueling solutions for long-haul, tailpipe-free truck travel, and could spur additional investment in similar corridors statewide, across the country and around the world. world.”

Volvo Trucks says the project will move quickly and officially launch later this year, with all five stations expected to be online by the end of 2023.

spring | Pictures: Volvo trucks.


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