Daimler trucks North America and Portland General Electric have opened its first heavy-duty electric truck charging site, Electric Island, to the general public. The site is expected to help accelerate the development, testing and deployment of zero emissions commercial vehicles.
Electric Island has eight vehicle charging stations for electric cars, buses, box vans and semi-trucks. The site is designed to be future-proof, allowing for present chargers to eventually be replaced in the future. Additional plans for future on-site energy storage, solar power generation and more remain under development.
“Through collaboration with great partners like Portland General Electric, we are helping to shape the future of carbon-neutral freight transportation, starting right here in the City of Portland. Moreover, the manufacture of reliable, durable and efficient medium- and heavy-duty battery electric trucks will take place just down the road at our Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant, demonstrating that we truly are crafting an Electric Island,” says John O’Leary, president and CEO of DTNA.
Per PR Newswire:
- 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.
- Electric Island is designed to benefit both DTNA’s work in commercial electric vehicle development and PGE’s work in meeting customer charging needs.