First-of-its-kind Charging Site For Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks Officially Opens

Portland, OR – A first-of-its-kind charging site for heavy-duty electric trucks opened this week in Oregon.

On Wednesday, April 21, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) in partnership with Portland General Electric (PGE) opened a site featuring eight charging stations for the charging of electric vehicles (EVs) including: cars, buses, box vans and semi-trucks.




 

The station dubbed “Electric Island” was commissioned in December of last year and is located across the street from DTNA headquarters, less than one mile from Interstate 5.

“Electric Island will help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero emissions (tank to wheel) commercial vehicles, like the ones manufactured by DTNA,” the company said in a statement. “The site is built to immediately provide charging for EVs of all shapes and sizes, and will serve as an innovation center, allowing both PGE and DTNA to study energy management, charger use and performance, and, in the case of DTNA, its own vehicles’ charging performance.”

DTNA also noted Electric Island is the first location specifically designed for medium- and heavy-duty trucks aligned to the blueprint of the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative (WCCTCI).




 

WCCTCI is a collaboration between nine electric utilities and two government agencies with the goal to electrify 1,300 miles of I-5 across the three West Coast states and to provide publicly available charging for freight and delivery trucks.


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Additionally, DTNA and PGE said its plans for Electric Island also include an on-site energy storage, solar power generation, and a product and technology showcase building.

However, the companies said those projects “remain under development.”

Now Available to Order

Earlier this month, DTNA announced that its first all-electric trucks, the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia and medium-duty Freightliner eM2, are available to order.

The truck maker asserted the eCascadia will boast a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 82,000 lbs. with a maximum range of 250 miles on a full battery charge, while the eM2 will get in excess of 230 miles on a full charge.

Both truck models are set to begin production in late 2022, DTNA said.

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